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Many Army divisions have over the years earned nicknames; some laudatory, some derogatory, but mostly colorful. Sometimes, the nicknames themselves have overshadowed the actual name of the division, e.g. the "Screaming Eagles" for the 101st Airborne Division.

Special designation

An official special designation is a "nickname granted to a military organization" which has been authorized by the Center of Military History and recognized through a certificate signed by the Secretary of the Army.[1]

A division's nickname may derive from numerous sources:

Active divisions are listed in boldface; no distinction has been made between regular Army divisions and those of the Army Reserve or National Guard. The origin of the nickname is noted where possible. In some cases, the nickname was officially adopted by the division in question; this is indicated along with date of adoption (where known). Official status might also be inferred by the presence of the nickname on official distinctive unit insignia or in official military source materials.

Airborne divisions

Armored divisions

Cavalry divisions

Infantry divisions

"The Big Red One" of the 1st Infantry Division.
"The Big Red One" of the 1st Infantry Division.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Special Designations". United States Army Center of Military History.
  2. ^ "82d Airborne". World War II European Theatre of Operations: Divisions.
  3. ^ "1st Armored Division history page". 1st Armored Division Museum. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  4. ^ CMH
  5. ^ 8th ARMORED DIVISION
  6. ^ a b c World War II Divisional Combat Chronicles
  7. ^ World War II Divisional Combat Chronicles
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  9. ^ World War II Divisional Combat Chronicles
  10. ^ World War II Divisional Combat Chronicles
  11. ^ World War II Divisional Combat Chronicles
  12. ^ "NEXT". Archived from the original on 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2006-06-02.
  13. ^ http://www.hood.army.mil/4id/About4ID/4idcrest.html[dead link]
  14. ^ "7th INFANTRY DIVISION". www.history.army.mil. Archived from the original on 2008-06-21.
  15. ^ "The Fighting 69th Infantry Division". 69th-infantry-division.com. Retrieved 2022-08-28.

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