US 10th Mountain Division in World War II

US 10th Mountain Division in World War II

Men-at-Arms 482
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: MAA 482
  • Publication Date: 20 Oct 2012
  • Number of Pages: 48
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The 10th was the only US mountain division to be raised in World War II, and still has a high profile, being involved in operations from Iraq to Somalia and from Haiti to Afghanistan. It did not arrive in Europe until winter 1944/45, but then fought hard in the harsh mountainous terrain of Northern Italy. The division was special in a number of ways. Its personnel were selected for physical fitness and experience in winter sports, mountaineering, and hunting, unlike the rest of the infantry. It was highly trained in mountain and winter warfare, including the use of skis and snowshoes, while its organization, field clothing, and some personal equipment also differed from that of the usual infantry division. The division made extensive use of pack-mules, and its reconnaissance unit was horse-mounted, conducting the last horse-mounted charge in US history in April 1945. Featuring full-color artwork and rare photographs, this is the gripping story of the US Army's only mountain division in action during the closing months of World War II.

Biographical Note

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.

Contents

Introduction
Raising of experimental 10th Light Division (Pack, Alpine) in 1943 - intensive training and testing of new equipment
Incorporation of 87th Infantry Mountain Regiment, February 1944
Redesignated 10th Mountain Division, July 1944 - organization
To Italy, January 1945
Battle record, January-May 1945: Monte Castello, Monte della Torraccia, Monte Belvedere - the advance on Bologna - Mongiorgio and the Po Valley break-out - amphibious assault across Lake Garda - Gargnano and Porto di Tremosine
Bibliography
Plates commentaries - special clothing and equipment

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