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- DescriptionThis is a comprehensive record of the 761st Tank Battalion, the first African American armored unit to enter combat. Assigned at various times to the Third, Seventh and Ninth armies, the Black Panthers fought major engagements in six European countries and participated in four major Allied campaigns, inflicting 130,000 casualties on the German army and capturing or destroying thousands of weapons, despite severe weather, difficult terrain, heavily fortified enemy positions, extreme shortages of replacement personnel and equipment, and an overall casualty rate approaching 50 percent. Richly illustrated and containing many interviews with surviving members of the 761st, this work gives long overdue recognition to the unit whose motto was Come Out Fighting. It recounts the events that in 1978-33 years after the end of World War II - led to the 761st Tank Battalion's receiving a Presidential Unit Citation, the highest hor a unit can receive. Also described are the efforts that resulted, in 1997-53 years after giving his life on the battlefield - in the Medal of Hor being posthumously awarded to Sergeant Ruben Rivers.
- Author BiographyThe son of a tanker in the 761st, <b>Joe Wilson, Jr., </b> a systems accountant in Washington, D.C., has also written for <i>World War II</i> magazine.
- Author(s)Joe Wilson
- PublisherMcFarland & Co Inc
- Date of Publication15/08/2006
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationJefferson, NC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMcFarland & Co Inc
- Content Note141 photographs, illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index
- Weight585 g
- Width178 mm
- Height255 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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