The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II

The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II

by Denise George, Robert Child


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The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II by Denise George, Robert Child

Nearly forgotten by history, this is the story of the Wereth Eleven, African-American soldiers who fought courageously for freedom in WWII—only to be ruthlessly executed by Nazi troops during the Battle of the Bulge.
Their story was almost forgotten by history. Now known as the Wereth Eleven, these brave African-American soldiers left their homes to join the Allied effort on the front lines of WWII. As members of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, they provided crucial fire support at the Siege of Bastogne. Among the few who managed to escape the Nazi’s devastating Ardennes Offensive, they found refuge in the small village of Wereth, Belgium. A farmer and supporter of the Allies took the exhausted and half-starved men into his home. When Nazi authorities learned of their whereabouts, they did not take the soldiers prisoner, but subjected them to torture and execution in a nearby field.
Despite their bravery and sacrifice, these eleven soldiers were omitted from the final Congressional War Crimes report of 1949. For seventy years, their files—marked secret—gathered dust in the National Archive. But in 1994, at the site of their execution, a memorial was dedicated to the Wereth Eleven and all African-American soldiers who fought in Europe.
Drawing on firsthand interviews with family members and fellow soldiers, The Lost Eleven tells the complete story of these nearly forgotten soldiers, their valor in battle and their tragic end.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101987391
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 465,920
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Denise George is a world-traveled author and speaker who has written or cowritten thirty books, including Orchestra of Exiles, Behind Nazi Lines, The Secret Holocaust Diaries, While the World Watched, and The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill. She is married to author Dr. Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. Visit her online at

Robert Child is an Emmy nominated writer and director. He has directed films all over the world, including Canada, UK, France, and Belgium. Child has garnered more than twenty-five writing and directing awards and is one of only a handful of directors whose work has screened in the Congress of the United States.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The World's Greatest Democracy

Chapter 1 A Quiet Forest 3

Chapter 2 The Berlin Olympics 6

Chapter 3 The Banning 8

Chapter 4 A Wall of Photographs 11

Chapter 5 Lebensraum 15

Chapter 6 The Baseball Pitcher from Piedmont 18

Chapter 7 The Meeting at Berchtesgaden 20

Chapter 8 Invasion! 23

Chapter 9 The Belgian Family 25

Chapter 10 The War Begins 29

Chapter 11 The Baker's Son and the Butcher's Apprentice 33

Chapter 12 The Trip to Paris 37

Chapter 13 The Einsatzgruppen 42

Part 2 The World at War

Chapter 14 The Surprise Attack 47

Chapter 15 The News at Wolfschanze 50

Chapter 16 The Date That Will Live In Infamy 53

Chapter 17 The Changing World 57

Chapter 18 The Christmas Eve Message 60

Chapter 19 The Louisiana Riot 64

Chapter 20 Drafted! 68

Chapter 21 The Risk 70

Chapter 22 The Army's Jim Crow 75

Chapter 23 The GI from Pontotoc County 80

Chapter 24 Christmas of 42 84

Chapter 25 The 155mm Howitzer 88

Chapter 26 The Early Months of '43 93

Chapter 27 The Urgent Message 95

Chapter 28 The Training Manuals 99

Chapter 29 The Baby 103

Chapter 30 Training 107

Chapter 31 The Helper 111

Chapter 32 The Visitor 116

Chapter 33 The New POW Compound 120

Chapter 34 Operation Citadel 122

Chapter 35 Disillusioned 125

Chapter 36 The Song 128

Chapter 37 Late-Night Reflections 133

Chapter 38 The Weakening Reich 136

Part 3 Leaving Camp Gruber

Chapter 39 Training in the U.K 141

Chapter 40 A Stir in Britain 145

Chapter 41 Planning an Assault 148

Chapter 42 D-Day 152

Chapter 43 An Invasion from the West 155

Chapter 44 Arriving at Utah Beach 159

Chapter 45 "Ready! Fire!" 162

Chapter 46 The Symphony Serenade 166

Chapter 47 The Plot 171

Chapter 48 The Terrifying News 175

Chapter 49 The Push out of Normandy 180

Chapter 50 Onward into Battle 182

Chapter 51 The Surrender 187

Chapter 52 Brest 190

Chapter 53 The Battle, Fierce and Deadly 193

Chapter 54 The Capture of Brest 195

Chapter 55 The Liberation of Paris 199

Chapter 56 The Bivouac 202

Chapter 57 The Young, the Old, and the Wounded 206

Chapter 58 The Reports 209

Chapter 59 The Long March to Belgium 213

Chapter 60 The City of Light 217

Chapter 61 The Plan 220

Chapter 62 Bivouacking in Belgium 224

Chapter 63 Operation Greif 225

Part 4 The Battle of the Bulge

Chapter 64 Life at the West Wall 233

Chapter 65 The Rockets 236

Chapter 66 The Secret Revealed 239

Chapter 67 A Sleepless Night 245

Chapter 68 "Just a Phonograph" 249

Chapter 69 "Too Quiet!" 252

Chapter 70 Darkness in the Schnee Eifel 255

Chapter 71 The Attack 259

Chapter 72 "Screaming Meemies!" 262

Chapter 73 The Death Sentence 265

Chapter 74 A Long and Deadly Day 269

Chapter 75 The Breakthrough 272

Chapter 76 Captured! 274

Chapter 77 The P-47 Thunderbolt 277

Chapter 78 Massacre at the Baugnez Crossroads 280

Chapter 79 The Farmhouse 283

Chapter 80 Unexpected Hospitality 286

Chapter 81 The Arrest 290

Chapter 82 The Long Wait 293

Chapter 83 "Though I Walk Through the Valley" 298

Epilogue 1 The Rest of the Story 301

Epilogue 2 What Happened to the Others? 311

Appendix 1 The Wereth 11 Memorial Speech 331

Appendix 2 U.S. Memorial Wereth Info about Memorial and Annual Services, Etc 343

Acknowledgments 345

Endnotes 351

Index 389

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The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
silverfox518 More than 1 year ago
I appreciated the historical content of this book. This was a story I never knew about and am so grateful the authors have told this story. These American heroes deserve it and more. I will never forget their story and I hope that more is brought to light. This event should never have been covered up. Bless these men for their courage and supreme sacrifice. I must say the writing style reads a bit young. Though, the simple way it reads makes me feel like it could be a great book for school-aged children to read and comprehend. It is a book I would have grabbed if I were doing a report for school. All in all it's definitely well worth reading. Educate yourself and read this book!