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Subject: world war tow unit citation
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: treborsknarf-ga
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Posted: 03 Dec 2002 09:34 PST
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Question ID: 118493
What is world war two  g. o. 40 and w.d.45? I think g. o. is general
order and w. d. is war department. I found g. o. 46 and it is recognition
for a ww 11 battle. I can't find g. o. 40 and w.d. 45. I would like to read
the citation if possible.
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Subject: Re: world war tow unit citation
From: denco-ga on 03 Dec 2002 14:09 PST
GO = General Order(s)
WD = War Department


""GO 33 WD 45" isn't a unit or place. I believe you will find it is
"General Order #33, War Department 45" and that a paragraph or
statement within it establishes the time and geographic limits with
participating elements for a particular campaign. For example,
Naples-Foggia would be officially recognized by the War Department by
inclusion within a General Order after the fact. This is the
foundation of the Campaign Streamers on Army unit flags. They are also
the basis for Campaign (battle) Stars on the theater ribbons. "GO 33
WD 45" is simply an example of a cite of the General Order that
contained the establishment of a recognized campaign."

General Order 40 appears to an all encompassing
military order that (among many other things)
addresses medals and citations, etc.

Sorry, but I couldn't find the actual citation,
but here are some links referencing GO 40 WD 45.

Ardennes Rhineland
Go 40 WD 45

Battles and campaigns GO 33 & 40 WD 45,

Rhineland GO 40 WD 45

GO 40 WD 45 Central Europe

Rhineland and Ardennes (GO 40 WD 45) campaigns.,10980,706859,00.html

Rhineland North Appennines GO#40 wd 45

Rhineland GO 40 WD 45

Rome-Arno Rhineland North Apennines, Po Valley Go 40 WD 45

Northern Apennines 10 September 1944-4 April 1945
Rhineland 15 September 1944-21 March 1945
Ardennes-Alsace 16 December 1944-25 January 1945

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