So the next Call of Duty has broken cover and is returning the franchise to its roots – the Second World War.

Veteran players of the Call of Duty franchise will know that the 1st Infantry Division, or the Big Red One, has featured before in a game.

An expansion to Call of Duty 2, Big Red One was the first Call of Duty content to be developed by CoD stalwart studio Treyarch.

But what did the 1st Infantry Division do during WW2? Here’s a brief history of the Big Red One.


• Formed in 1917 and originally known as the First Expeditionary Division, it was renamed the 1st Infantry Division on the 6th of July, 1917 when the Division assembled in France, where it fought a series of costly, yet successful, campaigns.

• The Division’s motto is: No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice Too Great, Duty First!

• It was nicknamed the ‘Big Red One’ after the red number one featured on the shoulder patch.

• The 1st Infantry Division was at the forefront of America’s involvement in World War II, spearheading the invasion of North Africa in 1942 and fighting heavily in Tunisia in 1943.

• Lieutenant General George S. Patton personally requested that the 1st Infantry Division be part of his plans for the invasion of Sicily in July 1943.

• Once again, the Big Red One were in the thick of battle when they formed part of the first waves of soldiers to set foot on Omaha Beach for the Normandy landings in June 1944.

• The division took the city of Aachen in late October 1944. A short period of rest and recuperation was interrupted when the Germans launched the Operation Watch on the Rhine offensive on December 16, and remained on the front line until January 1945.

• Crossing the Rhine at Remagen into Germany in March 1945, the 1st Infantry Division were fighting in Czechoslovakia when the war in Europe concluded on May 8.

• The 1st Infantry Division celebrates its centenary this year.

Call of Duty: World War II is released on November 3, 2017.


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