The 88th Division in World War II: Factors Responsible for its Excellence (1981). This study was prepared for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (MRA&L). The study examines the record of the 88th Infantry Division from its formation until the end of World War II. The 88th Division was rated as one of the best, if not the best, US division in World War II. This study examines why that was so. 120 pages.