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US Army 63rd Infantry Division shoulder sleeve patch with a golden sword within a red flame

Object | Accession Number: 2004.749.34

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    US Army 63rd Infantry Division shoulder sleeve patch with a golden sword within a red flame

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    Brief Narrative
    Shoulder sleeve insignia of the 63rd Infantry Division, United States Army, nicknamed the Blood and Fire Division. The Division’s nickname and insignia are inspired by a quote by Winston Churchill: “the enemy would bleed and burn in expiation of their crimes against humanity.” The 63rd Division arrived in Marseilles, France, on December 8, 1944. They pushed into Germany, where a battalion was ordered to search the Landsberg area for subcamps of Dachau concentration camp. They discovered seven of the eleven Kaufering subcamps on April 29 and 30, 1945, and found hundreds of weak and sick prisoners. Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, and the Division was placed on occupation duty until inactivated on September 27, 1945.
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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

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    Physical Description
    Pear shaped military patch, worn point upward, machine embroidered on white netting with a red flame with 5 branches on a light green field with a light green border. Superimposed on the flame is a gold sword, point upward, with a red drop near the point, resembling blood. The patch appears to be unused.
    overall: Height: 3.625 inches (9.208 cm) | Width: 2.250 inches (5.715 cm)
    overall : thread, net

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    Administrative Notes

    The badge was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004.
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    2023-08-25 17:18:31
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