"The Thunderbolt Across Europe" is a quasi-official record of the division's role in World War II. The book was privately published in Munich in 1946 for distribution to those who had served with the division during the war. "Thunderbolt" is the division's official nickname.
The Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) was created in 1943. Eligibility was confined to individuals in the rank of colonel and below with infantry Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) who were regularly-assigned members of an infantry regiment or battalion (in cases of separate battalions or battalion-size units). A general requirement was "30 days with an infantry unit actively engaged in a combat theater of operations". The regimental or battalion commander could authorize the award. The badge was also awarded for singular acts of valor prior to the creation of the Bronze Star in 1944. Those so honored were later made eligible for the Bronze Star. A misinterpretation and misapplication of this policy resulted in the issuance thousands of Bronze Star decorations solely on the basis of receipt of the CIB.
Service ribbons were issued and/or made available for purchase during the war. Medals were manufactured after the war and issued upon written application. A complete list of decorations and awards to which your father-in-law is entitled would include (in correct order of precedence) the Bronze Star with "V" Device (based on receipt of CIB), Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal,American Theater Medal, EAME Theater with four bronze campaign stars, World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Service Medal with "Germany" Clasp.
The reference to Algeria or French Morocco is meaningless. It seems to imply that service in North Africa was a eligibility requirement for the EAME Theater Medal which was not the case.