2018 MARKS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S FIRST DIVISION HELPING END THE FIRST GREAT WAR OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
THE FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION.
The FIRST permanent division in the regular Army.
The FIRST American division to fight in the first World War.
The FIRST to use modern, combined arms operations.
The FIRST to defeat the enemy at the Battle of Cantigny.
President Woodrow Wilson promised the Allies he would send “a division” to France immediately, but the Army had no such divisions. The United States quickly ordered four infantry and three artillery regiments from the Mexican border in Texas to Hoboken, N.J., to board transports to France. That group of seven regiments joined together to officially form the "1st Expeditionary Division," later the 1st Infantry Division, under Brigadier General William L. Sibert on June 12, 1917. With more than 28,000 men, the "Big Red One," as the division was later nicknamed from its should sleeve insignia, was twice the size of either the allied or German divisions on the Western Front.
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