Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes

By Hymel, Kevin M. | Army, September 2004 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes


Hymel, Kevin M., Army


Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anthony Walton. Broadway Books. 302 pages; black and white photographs; index; $24.95.

The 761st Tank Battalion began as a social experiment but turned out to be a first-rate fighting unit in World War II. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of Los Angeles Lakers fame, teamed up with Anthony Walton, a teacher at Bowdoin College, to provide a chronicle of the unit and its trials.

The 761st was formed in an effort to include black Americans in the war in a more active role.

On the eve of World War II, blacks only served in the military as stewards, aides and in other noncombat roles, despite having fought in America's previous wars.

Throughout their training, they were constantly told that they would never see combat and that they were only in tanks because the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, had pushed for it.

As casualties increased, however, the battalion was sent to Europe to fight the German Army.

After a brief description of the black soldiers fighting a tank battle in the snow, the book gives an account of the formation of the unit and follows it through training, the war and the return home. Along the way, they encounter one form of prejudice after another from white officers, soldiers and local townsfolk, especially in the South, where the 761st trained. Even their dogged performance on the battlefield could not change the views of some whites.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?