-Diary entry from Major General James Gavin (later Lieutenant General)
Gavin was the assistant division commander of the 82nd Airborne division through the D-Day campaign and later commanded the division from “Operation Market Garden” through the end of the war. The diary entry refers to the standard US Army divisions sent from the US and not the elite Airborne divisions. During World War Two, he was the youngest Major General (in his mid-thirties) in the US Army.
(Source: Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945 by Sir Max Hastings)