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An opposed infantry speed march record was made and another commendation won when the 30th dashed to Tournai, Belgium, covering 180 miles through enemy occupied territory in 72 hours. The march was motorized during the last two days and was screened by a task force of the division. The 30th was the first Allied infantry division to enter Belgium.
Still disrupting German efforts toward an orderly withdrawal, the Old Hickorymen drove on to become the first Allied troops in Holland, arriving there on Sept. 12th, after having captured the famous border fortress, Eben Emael, on Sept. 10th.
Maastricht, Holland, fell to the 30th on Sept. 13 after which Old Hickory troops fought on into Germany, Advance elements crossing[?] the border at Horbach on Sept. 14th.
The attack on the Siegfried line started Oct. 2nd, continue[?] [illegible] two weeks, to establish the bridgehead in what was reputed by the [German?] [illegible] their "impenetrable West Wall."
More than 1,500 battle decorations have been awarded the officers [and?] men of the 30th division for gallantry in action and meritorious service in the face of the enemy.
The 30th Infantry Division is commanded by Major General L.S. Hobbs who has been twice decorated.
Although it was originally built around troops from National Guard units of Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas, and thus gets its name, Old Hickory, from president Andrew Jackson, who led troops in that sector, the 30th's officers and men represent all states in the Union.
The division climaxed a colorful World War I history by cracking the Hindenburg line, paving the way for German's ultimate defeat then. Will history repeat itself?