Only through outside reading was I able to get a more complete view. Maxfield, Chief, Office of Army Demographics Oct. In the final days of the war in Europe, the 761st was one of the first American units to reach , , at the , where they met with the 1st Ukrainian Front of the Soviet. But it must be remembered until the Japanese themselves follow the lead of Germany and confess and repent of their evil behavior. But the Allies were so desperate for trained tank personnel in the summer of 1944, following heavy casualties in the fields of France, that the battalion was called up. The informative footnotes as well as the actual images greatly helped my understanding of the happenings in the book since I was unfamiliar with that time period and area.
Working with acclaimed writer Anthony Walton, Abdul-Jabbar interviewed the surviving members of the battalion and their descendants to weave together a page-turning narrative based on their memories and stories, from basic training through the horrors on the battlefield to their postwar experiences in a racially divided America. Its about time someone has written true accounts of dedication, patriotism, friendships, horror, and the pain of War with regards to these valiant soldiers. Army as prepared by the Chief, Office of Army Demographics. Americans have an inherent, if not fervent, sense of fairness. He comforts his squad member friends as they suffer and die, raising morale in desperate conditions of hunger and rmally decorated by the Royal Government he sadly dies of his wounds before the award ceremony back in England. War As I Knew It.
Battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel refused to consider the charges put forward by the arresting. I hope this makes as much of a difference for all as it did for me. The second global war involving the world's superpowers was in its fifth year. Despite a casualty rate that approached 50 percent and an extreme shortage of personnel and equipment, the 761st would ultimately help liberate some thirty towns and villages, as well as the Gunskirchen Lager concentration camp. But the Allies were so desperate for trained tank personnel in the summer of 1944, following heavy casualties in the fields of France, that the battalion was called up. Instead of citing original sources such as survivor interviews, General Patton's diaries, or the Robinson court-martial transcript, 20 the authors cite to sources that reference these primary materials. Why is it we Never see these tankers or ever heard of the 761st Tank Battalion in movies?? Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1.
The items that happened to these men was ridiculous. Most of the black tankers had to train in installations located in deep Southern states such as , Louisiana, and Texas. His further adventures on the street back to England are further enlightening. Obviously, Simon is dead by now. After I read the story, there were news stuff concerning the book. Nevertheless, they won a amazing share of medals and honors, including a Congressional Medal of Honor, after some difficulty, and, after a time, the respect of other soldiers They also penetrated further east versus often stout German resistance, than just about any other American force, meeting the Russians in Czechoslovakia. While most American units fought on the front for one to two weeks before being rotated back, the courageous men of the 761st served for more than 183 consecutive days, fighting under Patton's Third Army at the Battle of the Bulge, helping to turn back the German offensive and cut off German supply lines.
There was no doubt what was event - Simon would often leave presents of dead rats in sailors' beds and sleep in the captain's icial orders than mandated that the Amethyst travel up the Yangtze River to Nanjing. Simon's burns and four pieces of shrapnel created his recovery unlikely, but with support from the surviving medical staff he did survive. Come Out Fighting: The Epic Tale of the 761st Tank Battalion. In other words, in my life with cats this point of view often didn't ring true. Simon is an interesting character, raising morale of the squad and killing the rats that were infesting the e only downside was the overly cute language the author had Simon use. I'm 74, white, retired LtCol. Despite it all, they fought admirably for their country.
They were cruel beyond belief. While most combat troops fought on the front for a week or two before being rotated back, the men of the 761st served for more than six months, fighting heroically under Patton's Third Army at the Battle of the Bulge and in the Allies' final drive across France and Germany. He said we won by fighting together and that it wasn't a white vs black issue once in battle. While a lot of critics seem to latch on the the final part of story, the love and marriage of Mel and Annalee Whitmore and their escape from the Philippines as the Japanese were closing in on their position, there's much, much of interest that goes on before. This book is detailed and clear reading. Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944—1945.
Meanwhile, the ship had again become overrun with rats while anchored in the river. But the Allies were so desperate for trained tank personnel in the summer of 1944, following heavy casualties in the fields of France, that the battalion was called up. I must admit that I cried at the ending of the book. It deserves to be as well know as that of the 442nd. What shines through most of all, however, are the lasting bonds that united them as soldiers and brothers, the bravery they exhibited on the battlefield, and the quiet dignity and patriotism that defined their lives. While most combat troops fought on the front for a week or two before being rotated back, the men of the 761st served for more than six months, fighting heroically under Pattons Third Army at the Battle of the Bulge and in the Allies final drive across France and Germany. All this was accomplished despite a casualty rate that approached 50 percent and an extreme shortage of replacement personnel and equipment.
Sergeant Rivers, joined by another tank, opened fire on the enemy tanks, covering company A as they withdrew. Only at the end of the book did I learn that Bill was a relative. His men reportedly experienced difficulty getting the machine gun away from him after the action. The 761st Tank Battalion suffered 156 casualties in November 1944; 24 men , 81 wounded, and 44 non-battle losses. I was visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum and on one of the story boards on display, the 761st story by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is mentioned.
By the end of the book I was completely in love with Simon, the brave cat. The reader will not be disappointed to learn that after a fifty-year fight, our brothers in arms finally received their fair recognition and just reward. It was brilliant and excruciatingly sad. I've owned this book for years. The battalion received a for its actions. Brothers in arms the epic story of the 761st tank battalion wwiis forgotten heroes kareem abdul jabbar anthony walton on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a powerful wartime saga in the bestselling tradition of flags of our fathers brothers in arms recounts the extraordinary story of the 761st tank battalion. What shines through most of all, however, are the lasting bonds that united them as soldiers and brothers, the bravery they exhibited on the battlefield, and the quiet dignity and patriotism that defined their lives.