"The First!" is a small booklet covering the history of the 1st Infantry Division. This booklet is one of the series of G.I. Stories published by the Stars & Stripes in Paris in 1944-1945.
The story of the Division and its units is printed herein in factual writing. Our record lives up to our motto: "No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great." The press and the historians have, and will always pay tribute to the "Fighting First" as a great division; but I want to take this opportunities to recognize you as individual soldiers. Your courage, your caginess, your teamwork, and your spirit are ever present. The German has learned to fear the wearer of the "Red One." The unmerciful beating you have given him in many engagements; your desire to close with him and kill have made it so. As long at we continue to have men like you, we will go forward—always forward—forward to the next objective.
This is one of a series of G.I. Stories of the Ground, Air and Service Forces in the European Theater of Operations, to be issued by the Stars and Stripes, a publication of the Information and Education Division, Special and Information Services, ETOUSA. Major General Clarence R. Huebner, commanding the 1st Infantry Division, lent his cooperation to the preparation of the pamphlet, and basic material was supplied to the editors by his staff... (see more at: http://www.lonesentry.com/)