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What part did the 42nd Division play in World War 2?

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12/28/2007

The 42nd Infantry Division, the "Rainbow Division," inactivated after World War 1, was reactivated July 14, 1943 and began preparing for service in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). In December, 1944 the division landed in France as part of 7th Army, entering Germany in March of 1945. In April, 1945, the Rainbow Division took part in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, freeing some 33,000 survivors. The division is called the Rainbow Division due to a remark by (then) Colonel Douglas MacArthur, who said "The 42nd Division stretches like a Rainbow from one end of America to the other."