Academic journal article Military Review

The Black Panthers: A Story of Race, War, and Courage --the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II

Academic journal article Military Review

The Black Panthers: A Story of Race, War, and Courage --the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II

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THE BLACK PANTHERS: A Story of Race, War, and Courage--the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II

Gina M. DiNicolo, Westholme Publishing, Yardley, Pennsylvania, 2014, 321 pages

The story of the 761st Tank Battalion, "The Black Panthers" starts off with a promise of delving into the issue of race in a divided Army. Unfortunately, this promise is not fully realized; after the first few chapters, it turns into a well-written unit history book. DiNicolo chooses not to address the issue of race again until the end of the book.

The early chapters do get you to think about the question of segregation in the military and some of the issues those soldiers faced. DiNicolo does a goodjob of looking at the issues from several different viewpoints. He also does an admirable job of identifying the major players, both in and out of the Army, who affected not just the 761st Tank Battalion but all of the "colored" units. DiNicolo does not take sides when presenting this information but does provide enough information so that the reader has a better understanding of the arguments.

The unit was activated 1 April 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. It was then transferred to Camp Hood, Texas, where it served as a training unit in support of units of tank destroyers being prepared for deployment. The 761st Tank Battalion took part in the Louisiana Maneuvers of 1943. The unit then deployed to Europe; its soldiers landed with high morale at Omaha Beach in France on 10 October 1944. …

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