Academic journal article Military Review

Unjustly Dishonored: An African American Division in World War I

Academic journal article Military Review

Unjustly Dishonored: An African American Division in World War I

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UNJUSTLY DISHONORED: An African American Division in World War I, Robert H. Ferrell, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, 2011, 146 pages, $29.95.

The 92nd Division was the only fully organized and manned African American division of the American Army in World War I. As with other divisions raised during the war, the 92nd suffered from poor training and the other systemic challenges of mass mobilization. Unlike other American units, however, the division suffered the additional burden of having to prove the capabilities of its officers and soldiers to an army and society that doubted their intelligence and courage.

In Unjustly Dishonored, Robert Ferrell seeks to set the record straight on the 92nd Division's war record. He notes that at the end of the war, the American Expeditionary Force's senior officers maintained that the 92nd had panicked under fire during the Meuse Argonne Campaign and had to be pulled from the line. These senior white officers generally claimed that the division represented a failed experiment and laid the blame for the unit's lackluster combat performance on the black officers who commanded its companies and platoons. …

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