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About half a million African Americans served overseas during World War II, almost all in segregated second-line units. This artificially limited their potential contribution, but their work - especially along the logistic lifelines of the fighting divisions - was vital. This book summarises the service of these men and women; and it also focuses on the small proportion who, remarkably, overcame prejudicial barriers to reach the battlefields in combat units of the US forces and Coast Guard. Their story is illustrated with wartime photographs, and colour plates - including portraits of the most outstanding African Americans, the true heirs of the old “Buffalo Soldiers.”
Contents:: Racial segregation in the US forces – the Selective Service Act – President Roosevelt and Executive Order 8802·US ARMY: General Benjamin ODavis Sr; US Army Air Corps
* Force: Colonel Benjamin ODavis Jr and the ‘Tuskegee Airmen’ – 99th Fighter Squadron – 33nd Fighter Group – 477th Bombardment Group; Armoured Force and Tank Destroyers: 761st Tank Battalion – 827th Tank Destroyer Battalion; Cavalry; Field, Coast and Antiaircraft Artillery; Infantry: 92nd Infantry Division – 93rd Infantry Division – 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion – volunteer infantry replacements, 1945 – Executive Order 9981; support and service troops; life overseas·US NAVY: Steward’s Mate Doris Miller; USS Mason – PC 1264 – Naval Construction Battalions; The Port Chicago Disaster, July 17, 1944 – its aftermath·US MARINE CORPS: Letter of Instruction 421; Gunnery sergeant Gilbert HJohnson; 51st Defense battalion – 53nd Defense Battalion – other units·OTHER MARITIME SERVICES: US Coast Guard – early integration; US Merchant Marine – SS Booker T Washington * Uniforms: US Army – US Navy – US Marine Corps * Colour plates by Raffaele Ruggeri.
  • AUTHOR: Bielakowski, A
  • FORMAT: 64pp 60 Bw 8 col 248x184 Pb
  • Code: 23581

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