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Patton's Panthers: The African-American 761st Tank Battalion In World War II

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005


    Patton's Panthers by Sasser is an inspiring story about a group of African American soldiers in World War II, who despite their disadvantaged positions fought bravely for their country, which at the time hardly recognized or appreciated their services. In battle, these dedicated soldiers had to confront the Nazi and Fascist armies as well as the racist attitudes of some white officers who were sometimes responsible for the battalion going into combat without all the necessary equipment or training. With parts that reminisces TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, THE KEY TO REBECCA, this belated tribute and public recognition comes as a soothing acknowledgement of the sacrifices made by the Tank Battalion in World War II , which is the first African-American armored unit to enter combat and holds one of the few records of continuous unbroken service during the war, spear-heading Gen. George Patton's drives. They captured 30 towns and liberated concentration camps, and gave the African American soldiers an honorable place in the US army.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    A good mix

    Historical facts are there but are presented with a mix of real life experiences. Of course the racial issues are stated as one of the facts, no preaching, but it is obvious how prejudice restricted their effectiveness. Overall an excellent story of the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Some of Patton's Finest

    A very cool book about some amazing soldiers. Ignore the fact that they're a BLACK tank crew; they're just a plain AWESOME tank crew.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    Historic Dovetailed Perfectly

    War from a personal view, and from a unit and theater perspective. Courage and fear. The soldier's trip into the hell that is war, the hell that has too often been the African-American experience, boys becoming men. These and other themes interweive a tale of war, coming of age in an earlier era, the seeds of the civil rights movement, this fine book tells its story from many angles. I concur that this would be worthy reading for students of history, high school and adult education. Fine work, indeed.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Another part of History that we were not taught in school.

    This story of a unit of black soldiers, operating Tanks successfully in defence of the freedom of all races, in a war against the world's greatest historical tyrant, while not being able to drink at the same fountain as their white peers, is one that needed to be told. As a child growing up, I was never taught, and I never saw in any print, that black soldiers and airmen faught alongside white troops in WWII.

    It is a very good book, well written, with the facts stated objectively and to the point, while exposing the true feelings of the characters and the facts of life as they were during that era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2008

    a must read for todays youth

    reading this book i came to the conclusion if our inner city youth have only knew what these brave men did for the county and the love of our peoples pride. maybe just maybe a little unity in our schools and in our inner citys would be just like the unity these men had it would let them see with pride and not selfhated you can accomplish anything

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