276th Infantry Regiment

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:

Operation Nordwind
The 276th Infantry Regiment cuts its teeth in combat.

Wingen, France
1st and 3d Bns/276 participate in capture and liberation of this city.

Oetingen Raids
Prelude to attacking the Saar Basin

Attack on Forbach, France
Attack to seize this high ground overlooking Saarbrücken

Saarbrücken, Germany
276 patrols cross Saar and clear way for capture of this city.


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Awards || Campaign Awards || Official Documents || Personal Accounts || Forbach || Forbach Today || The Schlossberg || Oetingen || Wingen || I/276 Company Roster with Casualty Notations || Maps