Fourteenth United States Army

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Fourteenth United States Army
14th Army.svg
Shoulder insignia of Fourteenth United States Army
ActiveOperation Quicksilver
Country United States
Allegiance United States Army
BranchRegular Army
TypeField army
Part ofFirst United States Army Group
EngagementsWorld War II
John P. Lucas[1]

Fourteenth United States Army was a fictitious/military deception field army, under the command of John P. Lucas, developed as a part of Operation Quicksilver as a part of the fictitious First United States Army Group.[1][2]

Alleged composition[edit]

As part of a psychological warfare campaign the Fourteenth Army was described by Agent Garbo in a message sent to German intelligence around 24 August 1944 claiming that his source in the ETO Services of Supply, who had a relative in the US 48th Infantry Division had advised him of:

...a lot of curious things about the basis of the composition of this Fourteenth US Army; amongst them he said that in their ranks there were many convicts who were released from prisons in the United States to be enrolled in a foreign legion of the French or Spanish type. It can almost be said that there are brigades composed of gangsters and bloodthirsty men, specially selected to fight against the Japanese, men who are not supposed to take prisoners, but instead to administer a cruel justice at their own hands.[3][4]

Order of battle[edit]

What follows is the order of battle for the Fourteenth Army at one point during Operation Fortitude. The various formations changed as the operation continued in order to mislead Axis intelligence.[2][5]

14th Army.svg US 14th Army (Fictional—Little Waltham)

USA - 9 ABN DIV.svg 9th Airborne Division (Fictional—Leicester)
21st Abn Div SSI.jpg 21st Airborne Division (Fictional—Fulbeck)
US XXXIII Corps SSI.png XXXIII Corps (Fictional—HQ Bury St Edmonds)
US 11th Infantry Division.svg 11th Infantry Division (Fictional—Bury St Edmonds)
48th Infantry Division patch, Ghost Division, WWII Era.JPG 48th Infantry Division (Fictional—Woodbridge)
25th US Armored Division SSI.png 25th Armored Division (Fictional—East Dereham)
XXXVII Corps (Fictional—HQ Chelmsford)
17th Infantry Division 17th Infantry Division (Fictional—Hatfield & Peverel)
59 INF DIV SSI.svg 59th Infantry Division (Fictional—Ipswich)


  1. ^ a b (Holt 2005, p. 629)
  2. ^ a b (Holt 2005, p. 898)
  3. ^ (Hesketh 1999, p. 291)
  4. ^ (Holt 1999, pp. 629 & 630)
  5. ^ (Hesketh 1999, p. 444)


  • Hesketh, Roger (1999). Fortitude: The D-Day Deception Campaign. St Ermin's Press. ISBN 0-316-85172-8.
  • Holt, Thaddeus (2005). The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War. Phoenix. ISBN 0-75381-917-1.