The 761st Black Panther Tank Battalion in World War II: An Illustrated History of the First African American Armored Unit to See Combat

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This is a comprehensive record of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first African American armored unit to enter combat. Assigned at various times to the Third, Seventh and Ninth armies, the "Black Panthers" fought major engagements in six European countries and participated in four major Allied campaigns, inflicting 130,000 casualties on the German army and capturing or destroying thousands of weapons, despite severe weather, difficult terrain, heavily fortified enemy positions, extreme shortages of replacement ...
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Overview

This is a comprehensive record of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first African American armored unit to enter combat. Assigned at various times to the Third, Seventh and Ninth armies, the "Black Panthers" fought major engagements in six European countries and participated in four major Allied campaigns, inflicting 130,000 casualties on the German army and capturing or destroying thousands of weapons, despite severe weather, difficult terrain, heavily fortified enemy positions, extreme shortages of replacement personnel and equipment, and an overall casualty rate approaching 50 percent.

Richly illustrated and containing many interviews with surviving members of the 761st, this work gives long overdue recognition to the unit whose motto was "Come Out Fighting." It recounts the events that in 1978-33 years after the end of World War II-led to the 761st Tank Battalion's receiving a Presidential Unit Citation, the highest honor a unit can receive. Also described are the efforts that resulted, in 1997-53 years after giving his life on the battlefield-in the Medal of Honor being posthumously awarded to Sergeant Ruben Rivers.

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The son of a tanker in the 761st Tank Battalion, the original "Black Panthers," draws on interviews with surviving members of the unit to tell the story of the first African American armored unit to enter combat in WWII. He recounts the long overdue recognition given the unit in the form of the Presidential Unit Citation and the Medal of Honor. Includes b&w historical photos, many from personal collections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786428625
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/17/2006
  • Pages: 323
  • Sales rank: 630,328
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The son of a tanker in the 761st, Joe Wilson, Jr., a systems accountant in Washington, D.C., has also written for World War II magazine. He is the author of The 784th Tank Battalion in World War II (2006).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    Relative of one of the original officers questions this book

    The book was very informative and had great pictures from the battalion, but it left out some important people. Leonard Taylor was one of only five original officers in charge when the battalion started out and he wasn't even included in this book. Leonard Taylor made newspapers all over the country, but somehow was left out. The book covered a great deal of field promoted officers(including the author's father) but needed to spend more time on the original officers that were put in charge of starting the battalion. A very good book otherwise! It would be nice if the author had left his email for reviews and questions.

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