Two more weeks of mostly-motorized slashes through the ancient German province of Swabia to the south and southeast brought the 100th Infantry Division to the doorstep of Stuttgart. On 24 April, the Division was officially taken off the line for the first time in 175 consecutive days. On the evening of 5 May, the Division received the order to cease fire unless fired upon; on 8 May, it was over.

In the six months of its combat tour, the Century Division advanced 186 miles, liberated dozens of towns and cities, captured 13,351 enemy soldiers, and decisively beat elements of five German divisions. In the process, the Division lost 916 dead, and sustained 3,656 wounded and 180 missing in action.

 

 

 

It was good news for every Centuryman, but on 10 August, the Division was alerted for redeployment to the Pacific Theater for the invasion of Japan. Two atomic bombs and the personal intervention of Emperor Hirohito allowed the Division to stand down a week later.

 

Although occupation duties throughout a 50 by 80 mile sector around Stuttgart began immediately after V-E Day, on 10 August 1945, the 100th Infantry Division was alerted for deployment to the Pacific Theater of Operations to participatc in the invasion of the Japanese Home Islands. Fortunately for Centurymen, their families and their progeny, the Japanese surrendered a Few days later, and on 17 August, the 100th Infantry Division stood down for redeployment from the European Theater.

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