The 104th Infantry Division, also known as the Timberwolves, was activated at Camp Adair, Oregon, in 1942 and deactivated at San Luis Obispo, California, in 1945. The Timberwolves were part of the European Theater of Operations. They traversed Germany, France, Holland, and Belgium. One of my father’s journal entries, which was written on 26 February 1945 in a military school in Brand, Germany, foreshadows their impending conquest:
The drive continues! The Timberwolf Division certainly distinguished itself in this one. We captured more prisoners in the past two days than the entire 9th Army. Reports have it that the 3rd Armored is now only ten miles from Cologne. We (the 104th) had a tremendous write-up in the daily edition of the Stars and Stripes. Too, casualties have been extremely light.
The Timberwolves experienced 4,961 battle casualties and 1,119 deaths. On April 11, 1945, they overran the Nordhausen Concentration Camp (Dora-Mittelbau) and were later recognized as liberators by the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
General Terry Allen commanded the 104th Infantry Division. At the end of WWII, he thanked the Timberwolves for their “loyal support” and for living up to their "battle slogan":
NOTHING IN HELL CAN STOP THE TIMBERWOLVES
References for some of the information in this blog include:
Hoegh, Leo A., & Doyle, Howard J. (1946). Timberwolf Tracks (2004 ed.). Washington, DC: Infantry Journal, Inc.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (The 104th Infantry Division) https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10006155