The Black Panthers: A Story of Race, War, and Courage-the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II

The Black Panthers: A Story of Race, War, and Courage-the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II


Known because the first
African American armored unit to determine wrestle in international battle II and as future
baseball big name Jackie Robinson's one-time outfit, the 761st Tank Battalion
emerged from the adversity of Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. Led by means of a small cadre of
white and black officials, the lads expert to the head in their craft to
fight a standard enemy. The Black Panthers, as their unit insignia designated,
proved their conflict prowess at the parched Texas education fields opposed to units
bound for strive against. The 761st earned a coveted task to struggle lower than General
George S. Patton to struggle head-to-head with the easiest of Hitler's arsenal.
Moving to front in November 1944, trial via hearth quickly shook the unit to its
core. Ambushed by way of a veteran German strength, the 761st suffered heavy casualties in
the confusion as they minimize their approach out of the catch. however the males rallied to
overcome self-doubt and vindicated their losses. Battle-hardened, the tankers
saw severe struggling with via November and in addition to December whilst Germany
launched its last-ditch offensive during the Ardennes. The 761st fought
side-by-side with Patton's 3rd military. relocating via deep snow opposed to uncertain
opposition, the unit helped cost the German enhance, lower resupply routes to the
forces surrounding beleaguered Bastogne, and drove the enemy again, recapturing
towns an important to the ultimate defeat of Germany.

In The Black Panthers: a narrative of Race,
War, and Courage--the 761st Tank Battalion in international battle II, historian Gina M.
DiNicolo tells the total and unvarnished historical past of this significant American
fighting strength. counting on huge archival examine, together with files not
consulted in earlier money owed and interviews with surviving infantrymen and family
members. the writer describes the unit--its education, deployment, strive against, and
notably its males, equivalent to Sergeant Ruben Rivers, one among merely seven African American
men presented the Medal of Honor for global warfare II heroism. The professionalism,
dedication, and braveness of the 761st endures.

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