Army & Navy: Return of the Rainbow


Of the 42 U.S. Army divisions which reached France in World War I, few gained more fame than the 42nd.* No other division was so widely called by its nickname as the "Rainbow"—so designated because its National Guard outfits originated in more than half the states. Many an old soldier stirred with sentiment when the War Department announced last week that the 42nd Division would be recreated three months hence.

But the nominal characteristic of the Rainbow is no longer unique. By now U.S. divisions have lost their geographical identity; all divisions...

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