How to Research WWI & WWII Unit Operations of the 42nd Rainbow Division

According to the Center for Military History, the best way to determine the missions and locations of an Infantry Regiment is to request copies of the unit operational files. These files contain the original records created by the unit and should contain a wealth of historical information, including information on unit awards and campaign credits. These records are kept at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland.

To obtain copies, please send a request to:

Archives II Textual Reference Branch
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

To aid you in finding the locations of other types of U.S. Army records that may help you with your request, we are also attaching an index that lists the locations of various types of records along with contact information.

We will also consult with our unit awards branch to see if they can recommend any other sources for information.

Additionally, below is a bibliography of books and articles on the World War I experiences of the 42nd Infantry Division. You should be able to acquire any of these titles through the interlibrary loan program at your local public library.

Here is the bibliography of books and articles on WWI which relate specifically to the 42nd Infantry Division:

World War I Amer Battle Monuments Comm. 42d Division Summary of Operations in the World War. Wash, DC: GPO, 1944. 117 p. #05-42.1944.

Brown, J. Douglas. "In Action With the Rainbow Division, 1918-19." Mil Rev 58 (Jan 1978): pp. 35-46. Per.

Brown, Warren J. Child Yank Over the Rainbow Division, 1918. Largo, FL: Aero-Medical Consultants, 1975. 289 p. #05-42.1975.

Cochrane, Rexmond C. The 42nd Division Before Landres-et-St. Georges. Army Chem Ctr, MD: USA Chem Corps Hist Off, 1959. 88 p. UK23A5C64.1959-1960.

George, Herbert. The Challenge of War. NY: Vantage, 1966. 258 p. #05-42.1966.

Goode, J. Roy. The American Rainbow. s.l: Straus Economic Printers & Stationers, 1918? 20 p. #05-42.1918.

Johnson, Harold S., ed. Roster of the Rainbow Division. NY: Eaton & Gettinger, 1917. 543 p. #05-42.1917.

Reilly, Henry J. Americans All, The Rainbow at War: Official History of the 42nd Rainbow Division in the World War. Columbus, OH: Heer, 1936. 888 p. #05-42.1936. (And 2d ed #05-42.1936/2).

Sherwood, Elmer W. Diary of a Rainbow Veteran. Terre Haute, IN: Moore-Langen, 1929. 217 p. #05-42.1929.

Tompkins, Raymond S. The Story of the Rainbow Division. NY: Boni & Liveright, 1919. 264 p. #05-42.1919.

U.S. Army. Amer Expeditionary Forces. Program of Training for the Sanitary Units of the 42nd Division, A.F.E. n.p., 17 p. UM400P76.1917.

U.S. Army War Coll. Hist Sect. Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War: American Expeditionary Forces, Divisions. Wash, DC: CMH, 1988. pp. 272-87. D570.2O72.1988v2.

Wolf, Walter B. A Brief Story of the Rainbow Division. NY: Rand McNally, 1919. 61 p. #05-42.1919/2.

Further Resources - Index to Army Records for Researchers (.pdf, 12/06)

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