Black '41: The West Point Class of 1941 and the American Triumph in World War II

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Commemorates the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the West Point class of 1941. These were the officers who, during World War II, commanded our forces on the front lines. It is written by a professional writer of military history and includes interviews with all of the surviving members of that class.
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Overview

Commemorates the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the West Point class of 1941. These were the officers who, during World War II, commanded our forces on the front lines. It is written by a professional writer of military history and includes interviews with all of the surviving members of that class.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“A valuable portrait of a part of the evolution of the U.S. Army over the last half-century.”—Booklist
Journal of America's Military Past

"Black '41 presents quite an interesting account of how one class of West Pointers served their country in both war and peace. Military Academy graduates and all those readers interested in American military history since 1941 should find this to be an especially enjoyable read."—Roger D. Cunningham, Journal of America’s Military Past

— Roger D. Cunningham

Journal of America's Military Past - Roger D. Cunningham
"Black '41 presents quite an interesting account of how one class of West Pointers served their country in both war and peace. Military Academy graduates and all those readers interested in American military history since 1941 should find this to be an especially enjoyable read."—Roger D. Cunningham, Journal of America’s Military Past
Library Journal
Military writer Yenne interviewed 60 members of the last West Point class to graduate before the attack on Pearl Harbor and follows their lives through the far-flung conflict that ensued. The personal tales of these new officers are intertwined and gradually lead the reader through the entire war. After the final victory, Yenne traces the careers of nine of the graduates through the succeeding years. War stories always make good reading, and this oral history collection is of some historical interest as well. The result is an easily read and anecdotal work for the general public.-- Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803234147
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,041,841
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Yenne is the author of more than three dozen books on historical topics, including Aces High: The Heroic Saga of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II and Operation Cobra and the Great Offensive, and has been a contributor to encyclopedias on both world wars. He lives in San Francisco. Brigadier General Michael J. L. Greene (U.S. Army, retired) is a former president of the USMA Class of 1941.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: Rites of Passage 1

1 You're in the Army Now 7

2 Duty, Honor, West Point 27

3 Reporting for Duty 57

4 Infamy 71

5 In the Philippines 79

6 Awakening the Giant 101

7 A Grand Strategy 121

8 Striking Back at the Empire 141

9 Crusade in Europe 153

10 The Battle of the Bulge 187

11 Victory in Europe 209

12 The Final Victory 253

13 Between the Wars 265

14 Korea 277

15 The Good Years 307

16 Vietnam 319

17 Retirement and Reflection 331

Epilogue: The Brothers 343

Appendix A Directory of the USMA Class of 1941 347

Appendix B US Army Organization in World War II 367

Appendix C US Army Organization in the Korean War 369

Appendix D Decorations Awarded to Members of the Class of 1941 during World War II and the Korean War 371

Bibliography 373

Index 375

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