The US Army's 36th Division variously known as the Texas Division, or the T-Patchers, for the distinctive T insigna sewn on the upper arm of their uniform, had started its long adventure in Italy marching in a holiday parade in Rabat with the Marroccan Sultan's Gard, and a long line of tanks and trucks. The commander of the 36th was General Fred Livingood Walker, and while he was marching in the same parade, he already knew that the 36th would be joining Mark Clark for the next Allied action against the Axis in Italy. In the same days Patton and the VII Army had invaded Sicily and Clark needed the T-Patchers for the following Italian Campain.
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Dr. Anna Maria Priora Ph.D
WW2 Monte Cassino Battlefield expert, researcher and tour guide