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

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

by Charles W. Sasser
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Patton's Panthers: The African-American 761st Tank Battalion in World War II by Charles W. Sasser

On the battlefields of World War II, the men of the African-American 761st Tank Battalion under General Patton broke through enemy lines with the same courage with which they broke down the racist limitations set upon them by others — proving themselves as tough, reliable, and determined to fight as any tank unit in combat.
Beginning in November 1944, they engaged the enemy for 183 straight days, spearheading many of Patton's offensives at the Battle of the Bulge and in six European countries. No other unit fought for so long and so hard without respite. The 761st defeated more than 6,000 enemy soldiers, captured thirty towns, liberated Jews from concentration camps — and made history as the first African-American armored unit to enter the war.
This is the true story of the Black Panthers, who proudly lived up to their motto (Come Out Fighting) and paved the way for African-Americans in the U.S. military — while battling against the skepticism and racism of the very people they fought for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743485005
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 414,886
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charles W. Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer, journalist, and photographer since 1979. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy (journalist) and U.S. Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets), a combat veteran and former combat correspondent wounded in action. He also served fourteen years as a police officer (in Miami, Florida, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was a homicide detective). He is author, co-author or contributing author of more than 30 books and novels, including One Shot-One Kill and Hill 488, both available from Pocket Books. Sasser now lives on a ranch in Chouteau, Oklahoma, with his wife Donna.

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Patton's Panthers: The African-American 761st Tank Battalion in World War II 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Historyoholic More than 1 year ago
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.
Geemac More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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