6th Airborne Division (United States)
|6th Airborne Division|
6th Airborne Division shoulder sleeve insignia
|Active||World War II|
|Branch||United States Army|
|Role||Diversion Phantom Formation|
|US infantry divisions (1939–present)|
|6th Infantry Division (Inactive)||7th Infantry Division (Inactive)|
The US 6th Airborne Division was a 'Phantom Division' created for Operation Vendetta in 1944. Like the British 4th and 5th Airborne Divisions, the notional formation was 'built up' around real units, the 517th Regimental Combat Team, 1st Battalion, 551st Parachute Infantry Regiment & the 550th Airborne Infantry Battalion which were depicted as operating under a single command when in fact they were operating separately.
World War II
Supposedly arrived in Sicily from the United States in May 1944. It was attached to the US 7th Army and was to be dropped on the town of Paulhan in France to support a fictional invasion of the Narbonne region. It was disposed of by announcing in July 1944 that the division had been disbanded.
HQ in Sicily.
- 517th Regimental Combat Team
- Holt (2005). p. 901.
- Holt Thaddeus. The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War. Phoenix. 2005. ISBN 0-7538-1917-1