France

A separate army of Allied Troops invaded northern France at a place called Normandy on June 6, 1944. The 45th left Italy with some other troops to attack southern France in August 1944. Southern France is different from Italy. It is flatter and easier to move across, so the 45th quickly chased the Nazi troops east towards Germany. Eastern France is mountainous, like Italy, though. So, the 45th again had a slow and difficult fight for a while.

The other problem was the rivers in Europe. Europe has big rivers, like the Rhine, that are difficult to cross without bridges. The Rhine is a big river that separates Germany from France, so the Nazis destroyed the bridges across the Rhine, as they retreated home. The 45th Infantry had Engineer units, though, so they rebuilt bridges, or built new pontoon bridges to get across the rivers and into Germany.

Soldiers from the 45th are under German artillery fire in the French town of Niederbronn.I
mage courtesy of the National Archives Signal Corps Records

Soldiers from the 180th Regiment are marching past a burning building in Wingon, France.
Image courtesy of the National Archives Signal Corps Records.

Soldiers of the 171st Field Artillery are sending Adolph Hitler a Christmas present.
Image courtesy of the National Archives Signal Corps Records.

Soldiers of the 45th load up on a tank to chase after German soldiers withdrawing from Bourges, France.
Image courtesy of the National Archives Signal Corps Records.