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    Normandy Division - 2nd Infantry Division, 48-Star U.S. Parade Color. The 2nd Infantry Division was first organized during WWI. Nicknamed the "Indianheads" after the Native American warrior on their shoulder insignia, they were three times awarded the French Croix de guerre for gallantry under fire at Belleau Wood, Soissons, and Blanc Mont, an honor they wear to this day. After the war, the 2nd was one of only three divisions to remain intact and on active duty. When WWII commenced, the 2nd was reorganizing as the first division to become "triangular" with three regimental combat teams. They sailed for Europe in October of 1943 for more training in preparation for Operation Overlord, the Liberation of Europe.

    Colors like this were issued to all flag-bearing higher echelons, divisions, corps, and numbered armies. This is an approximately 45" X 60", 48-star, rayon, embroidered star, sewn stripe, U.S. color. It is finished with a pole hem sleeve with leather tabs and is fringed on three sides with golden-yellow rayon fringe. The flag is inscribed on the obverse hoist of the fourth white stripe, "2 DIV. 7 JUNE, GEN ROBERTSON, OMAHA, EASY RED, "WE START THE WAR HERE." The inscription's name refers to Major General Walter Melville Robertson, the divisional commander. The quote is a misattribution of a remark made on D-Day, by the deputy Commander of the 4th Division, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. who actually said, "We'll Start the War from Right Here!"

    The 2nd Division landed at Normandy on June 7, 1941, D-Day+1, on the Red Sector of Omaha Beach and was immediately sent into combat, attacking across the Aure River. During the St. Lo break-through, they liberated more towns and participated in the siege of Brest before turning north in an advance across Belgium. During the Ardennes offensive, the 2nd held fast preventing the enemy from seizing key roads leading to Liege and Antwerp. For his steadfastness, Major General Robertson received the Distinguished Service Cross.

    After the Battle of the bulge, the Division attacked. They reached the Rhine and guarded the Remagen bridge. After crossing the Rhine, the Indianheads advanced into Germany and in quick succession took, Hadamar, Limburg an der Lahn, Veckerhagen, G├Âttingen, Merseburg, and Leipzig. They were transferred to Patton's Third Amy, spending their last days of WWII in a dash across Czechoslovakia, finally halting in the town of Pilsen where they met the advancing Red Army.

    During WWI the 2nd Infantry was awarded campaign stars for, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

    This is a flag for of a collector of 2nd Infantry Division, Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, European theater, or WWII artifacts. While there are many naval flags associated with Normandy, there are far fewer flags borne by land forces. There were hundreds of regiments that participated in the Normandy Landing, but fewer flags were carried by higher echelon commands, divisions, and corps.

    Condition: This color is in good condition. It is used, worn and soiled, but otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection.

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