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The History of the 106th Infantry Division

by Major General Donald A. Stroh
Commanding General

When the history of the Ardennes fighting has been written, it will be recorded as one of the great strategic Allied successes of the war in Europe. Tactically, for the 106th, and the other American divisions involved, it was a bitter and costly fight. But it becomes increasingly clear that the Germans expended in that last futile effort those last reserves of men and material which they so badly needed a few months later. The losses and sacrifices of the 106th Infantry Division paid great dividends in eventual victory.

These pages are dedicated to those gallant men who refused to quit in the darkest hour of the Allied invasion, and whose fortitude and heroism turned the tide toward overwhelming victory.

Donald A. Stroh
Major General, Commanding

Thanks to the 106th Infantry Division Association.  Presented by John Schaffner, 09/12/2009 during the 106th Reunion at the Hilton Inn, Indianapolis, Indiana

A site for the personal memories, recollections and lives of the individual members of the World War II 106th Infantry Division, "the Golden Lions" and  the Battle of the Bulge.
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I wish to thank all the members and the Board of Directors of the 106th Infantry Division Association for my Silver Officers Class, "Order of the Golden Lions", given September 2004, my Letter of Appreciation of September 5, 2006, and my beautiful Plaque given at Indianapolis 09/12/2009 - pictured above with John Schaffner.  Jim West

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