22 Jul

761st Tank Battalion BN Negro “Black Panthers”

We have an image of US troops fighting on the Western Front say idealized, white boys of diverse backgrounds fighting side by side, but that image is completely false and obvious so let’s interested, the presence in t092ed0431c2c8629f6577772c6fcc007he front row combat Afro-American .

The reality was different and really many black soldiers were enlisted to fight the Nazis. What’s more, they were characterized by tenacity and ability to fight worthy of all praise.

They fought all the weapons the US Army and deserve like the rest of his comrades in arms their rightful place in history.60f3f65fb82f1d88d7f9a7f852a1e609

I’m going to focus on a mythical unit, which was mainly composed of black soldiers, this unit was the 761 Tank  BN (Negro) .

The 761st Tank BN (Negro) was an independent tank battalion of the United States Army during World War II.

The 761st was made up primarily of Afro-American soldiers, who by federal law were not permitted to serve alongside white troops; the military did not officially desegregate until after World War II.

They were known as the “Black Panthers” after their unit’s distin7120584_f248ctive insignia; their motto was “Come out fighting”.

The battalion received a Presidential Unit Citation for its actions. In addition, a large number of individual members also earned awards, including one Medal of Honor and 11 Silver Stars.

The battalion first saw combat on 7 November 1944, fighting through towns such as Moyenvic, Vic-sur-Seille and Morville-lès-Vic, often at the leading edge of the advance. The unit endured 183 days of continuous operational employment.

In November 1944 the unit had suffered 156 casualties; 24 men killed, 81 wounded, and 44 non-battle. The unit also lost 14 tanks and another 20 damaged in combat. In December, the battalion was rushed to the aid of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne.

After the Battle of the Bulge, the unit opened the way for the U.S. 4th Armored Division into Germany during an action that breached the Siegfried Line. In the final days of the war in Europe, the 761st was one of the first American units to reach the Steyr in Austria, at the Enns River, where they met with 1st Ukrainian Front of the Soviet Army.

The 761st was deactivated 1 June 1946 in Germany.

On Flames of FW220War, we can modelate those unit using an American Armoured Div and painting the soldiers as Afro/American.

  Since the 761st also operated in support of Infantry Divisions, you might take a look at the Independent Tank Company list in Citizen Soldiers,

Us Divisions in Normady

Blood, Guts and Glory &Bridge to Remagen brieffing Bridge At Remagenbooks can be fit as well.

Booth books included info and list about the Campaign around Lorraine Area and the Ruhr Pocket and the Battle for The Rhine River.


Lorraine Campaign 1944

Lorraine Campaign 1944

More info..click here


The German war machine is in retreat. Two American M 18 tank destroyers are sent to root out a die hard group of Nazis holed up in the Harz Mountains.



Its not a great quality film, but Saints&Soldiers 3 The Void, shows black&white soldiers fight joint…We can see Panzer 3, Hellcats, pak40…and more.

Good luck and “COME OUT FIGHTING”.


2 thoughts on “761st Tank Battalion BN Negro “Black Panthers”

  1. As you noted they went in to combat in Pattons Lorraine offensive, 11/7/44.
    Their tank companies were attached to different regiments of 26th Yankee division. My Father served in G company of the 101st regiment of the 26th. Several books chronicle the muddy offensive that these men, black and white, operated. Brothers In Arms, Hit em Hard and US Army in the Lorraine are just a few.
    The ‘doughboys’ of the 26th did not care if those tanks had black crews……in their eyes they were friends helping them. The 761st was used piecemeal, as were most Tank battalions; assigned short term attachments to outfits for particular missions.
    Carry on,

    Dale Wood

    • Thx, for the info, its great have people like you, who allows have another perspective of those part of the history,10/10.


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