Accession Number : ADA331776

Title :   The Men That Served With Distinction "The 761st Tank Battalion"

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 5 Aug 96-6 Jun 97

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Trice, Craig A.

PDF Url : ADA331776

Report Date : 06 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 86

Abstract : This thesis evaluates the history of the 761st Tank Battalion from its activation to its deactivation. The battalion was one of the three African American tank battalions established during World War II. The 761st Tank Battalion was the first African American tank battalion to enter into combat. The soldiers in the battalion had to fight two battles. One battle of racism in the United States and the other against a well trained German Army abroad. The battalion fought for 183 consecutive days in the European Theater under horrible conditions. The analysis showed that African Americans did play a key role in a major war. Once trained, they could perform their duties as well as any other soldier. The success of the battalion was due to outstanding leaders and soldiers both black and white working together to stay alive and accomplish the mission. The study showed that despite racism in the United States, African Americans were willing to enter into the Army and fight for their country. They were brave, dedicated individuals that trained and fought extremely hard for the rights as a citizen and their lives as a soldier.

Descriptors :   *ACTIVATION, *BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, *DEACTIVATION, *AFRICAN AMERICANS, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), ARMY PERSONNEL, THESES, BATTLES, GERMANY(EAST AND WEST), RACIAL DISCRIMINATION.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE