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Fourteenth United States Army
14th Army
Shoulder insignia of Fourteenth United States Army
Country US flag 48 stars.svg United States of America
Branch Regular Army
Allegiance U.S. Army
Service history
Active Operation Quicksilver
Battles World War II
Commanders
Commanders John P. Lucas[1]
Insignia

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

Alleged CompositionEdit

As part of a psychological warfare campaign the Fourteenth Army was described by Agent Garbo in a message sent to German intelligence around the 24th of 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 BattleEdit

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 US 14th Army (Fictional - Little Waltham)

USA - 9 ABN DIV 9th Airborne Division (Fictional - Leicester)
21st Abn Div SSI 21st Airborne Division (Fictional - Fulbeck)
US XXXIII Corps SSI XXXIII Corps (Fictional - HQ Bury St Edmonds)
US 11th Infantry Division 11th Infantry Division (Fictional - Bury St Edmonds)
48th Infantry Division patch, Ghost Division, WWII Era 48th Infantry Division (Fictional - Woodbridge)
25th US Armored Division SSI 25th Armoured Division (Fictional - East Dereham)
XXXVII Corps (Fictional - HQ Chelmsford)
WWI17D 17th Infantry Division (Fictional - Hatfield & Peverel)
59 INF DIV SSI 59th Infantry Division (Fictional - Ipswich)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 (Holt 2005, p. 629)
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Holt 2005, p. 898)
  3. (Hesketh 1999, p. 291)
  4. (Holt 1999, pp. 629 & 630)
  5. (Hesketh 1999, p. 444)

BibliographyEdit

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

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