During WWII, the 8th infantry division was sent to Europe to fight against the Axis. The 8th infantry division landed on Utah Beach, the westernmost beach of the five landing areas of the Normandy Invasion of WWII. It was divided into zones assigned Tare Green, Uncle Red and Victor. Shortly after its arrival, the division captured the French cities of Rennes and Brest. Following these actions, the 8th turned eastward toward the German border, taking part in the heavy fighting in the Hürtgen Forest in November 1944. In early March 1945, the 8th had advanced into the Rhineland. It fought its way into the Ruhr region the following month. By war's end, the "Arrow" division had advanced to the Elbe River in central Germany. On May 2, 1945, as it advanced into northern Germany, the 8th Infantry Division encountered the Neuengamme concentration camp Wöbbelin subcamp, near the city of Ludwigslust.
Black crackle with different dates (6.6.44 / 28.8.44 / 25.12.44), stays, Red Uncle, marks and the insignia 8th Infantry Division engraved.