The 761st

The 761st "Black Panther" Tank Battalion in World War II

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Their motto was qCome Out Fighting, q and that they did without fail. The 761st Tank Battalion - the famed qBlack Panthersq - was the first African American armored unit to enter combat, and in World War II they fought in four major Allied campaigns and inflicted 130, 000 casualties on the German army. And the fighting was intense - only one out of every two Black Panthers made it home alive. This is the complete history of the 761st, told in large part through the words of the surviving members of the unit. Richly illustrated, this work recounts how the unit was given long overdue recognition - the Presidential Unit Citation and the Medal of Honor - in recent years.Tanks crushed men and horses. Cannon fire blasted trucks into twisted masses of flaming steel. Erstwhile supermen ran screaming down the road attempting to surrender.5 After the vengeful slaughter, dead horses, destroyed vehicles, and dead enemy soldiers blocked the road such that the tank-dozer had to be called in to clear the way. Captain William L. Oa#39;Dea, the 761st Motor Officer, describes how his maintenance section was ambushed: aquot;Company and battalion maintenanceanbsp;...

Title:The 761st "Black Panther" Tank Battalion in World War II
Author: Joe Wilson
Publisher:McFarland - 1999-01-01

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