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Proud warriors : African American combat units in World War II

Title
Proud warriors : African American combat units in World War II / by Alexander M. Bielakowski.
Author
Bielakowski, Alexander M.
Publication
  • Denton, Texas : University of North Texas Press, [2021]
  • ©2021

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Description
xiv, 335 pages : illustrations (back and white), maps; 24 x 16 cm.
Series Statement
Number 6 in the American military studies series
Uniform Title
American military studies ; no. 6.
Subjects
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Section I: Before World War II -- African Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces, 1775-1941 -- Section II: Grunts -- Infantry -- U.S. Marine Corps -- Section III: Combat Arms at a Distance -- Field Artillery -- Coast/Antiaircraft Artillery -- Section IV: Mobile Warfare and Mechanical Proficiency -- Cavalry -- Armored Force -- Tank Destroyers -- Section V: Sea Services and Technical Knowledge -- U.S. Navy -- U.S. Coast Guard -- Section VI: Officers, Pilots, and Skilled Experts -- Air Corps/Air Forces -- Section VII: Conclusions -- Post-World War II.
Call Number
Sc E 22-641
ISBN
  • 9781574418392
  • 1574418394
LCCN
2021028044
OCLC
1256628783
Author
Bielakowski, Alexander M., author.
Title
Proud warriors : African American combat units in World War II / by Alexander M. Bielakowski.
Publisher
Denton, Texas : University of North Texas Press, [2021]
Copyright Date
©2021
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Series
Number 6 in the American military studies series
American military studies ; no. 6.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary
"During World War II, tens of thousands of African Americans served in segregated combat units in U.S. armed forces. The majority of these units were found in the U.S. Army, and African Americans served in every one of the combat arms. They found opportunities for leadership unparalleled in the rest of American society at the time. Several reached the field grade officer ranks, and one officer reached the rank of brigadier general. Beyond the Army, the Marine Corps refused to enlist African Americans until ordered to do so by the president in June 1942, and two African American combat units were formed and did see service during the war. While the U.S. Navy initially resisted extending the role of African American sailors beyond kitchens, eventually the crew of two ships was composed exclusively of African Americans. The Coast Guard became the first service to integrate-initially with two shipboard experiments and then with the integration of most of their fleet. Finally, the famous Tuskegee airmen are covered in the chapter on air warfare. Proud Warriors makes the case that the wartime experiences of combat units such as the Tank Battalions and the Tuskegee Airmen ultimately convinced President Truman to desegregate the military, without which the progress of the Civil Rights Movement might also have been delayed"-- Provided by publisher.
Chronological Term
1939-1945
Other Form:
Online version: Bielakowski, Alexander M. Proud warriors. Denton, Texas : University of North Texas Press, 2021 9781574418491 (DLC) 2021028045
Research Call Number
Sc E 22-641
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