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Kilemall

761st Armor Battalion

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While looking up some other things I ran across the 761st Armor Battalion Black Panthers and was reminded of their achievements.

For those unfamiliar with the 761st, they were an all-black with white officers unit that much like the 54th Massachusetts 80 years earlier was derided and treated badly, but when they got called up they did the unit and the nation proud.

They were a specialized Army level asset attached to whatever unit needed them. They were in combat continuously for 183 days at a time when most armor battalions refitted after 7 days, suffered 50% casualties but got key jobs done in the Bulge and breaking the Siegfried Line.

They were a Stuart/Sherman outfit. They were actually formed fairly early on but did not get called up due to racism and so acted as the Fort Hood opfor unit and regularly whipped the TD units who 'scrimmaged' against them.

It was Jackie Robinson's unit (an interesting story there).

Apparently there will be a movie coming out with Morgan Freeman and Kareem Abdul-Jabber shepherding it through. Kind of a WWII Glory I guess.

Unit association-

http://www.761st.com/

761st' successes (expand or save to read)-

http://www.761st.com/albums/jw01/DtoE2b.gif

Fort Hood Memorial

http://www.761st.com/albums/fthd001/PB0910041.sized.jpg

http://www.761st.com/albums/fthd001/PB0910045.sized.jpg

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They're a couple of programs on History television which aired a documentry on the 761st. It was very informative.

Sucks to know that German POW's were shown better treatment.

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They're a couple of programs on History television which aired a documentry on the 761st. It was very informative.

Sucks to know that German POW's were shown better treatment.

Well there are international laws that regulate how POWs are to be treated.

Those laws do not extend to your own sides treatment of its own citizens.

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