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 the 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.
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 distinctive 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 War, 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,
Blood, Guts and Glory &Bridge to Remagen brieffing books 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.
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”.