The 276th Infantry Regiment
was activated with the 70th Infantry Division 15 July 1943 at Camp
Adair, Oregon. It trained there for its combat mission for the
next 12 months. During that period, the division was tasked to
provide replacements for U.S. Army losses in Europe and the Far
East. This required new replacements and retraining of the
regiment's small units. In late July 1944 the division entrained
for a transfer to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and resumed training
there. The last of the replacements arrived in early October 1944,
and the next month the regiment went with the division to Camp
Myles Standish, MA to stage for shipment to Europe. On 15 December
it landed at Marseilles, France and was trucked to a staging area
to make final preparations for combat.
On 20 December the regiment boarded 40 and 8 box cars and traveled
north toward the front line. Christmas Eve and 500 cold and snowy
miles later it arrived at Brumath, France, and walked carrying
full field gear and weapons to Bischweiler ready for commitment.
The areas in which the 276th Infantry Regiment fought are
described in this home page and include:
The 276th Infantry Regiment cuts its teeth in combat.
1st and 3d Bns/276 participate in capture and liberation of this
Prelude to attacking the Saar Basin
Attack on Forbach, France
Attack to seize this high ground overlooking Saarbrücken
276 patrols cross Saar and clear way for capture of this city.