• The compelling story of the first African-American armoured unit
to enter combat in WWII
•Uncovers for the first time this important episode in history
•Includes interviews with surviving members of the 716th Battalion
From established military author Charles Sasser, comes the fascinating true story of the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II- the first African-American armoured unit to enter combat.
The 761st Tank Battalion remained in constant combat for 183 days, from the time it entered WWII in November 1944 until the World War II ended. No other unit fought so long and continuously without respite. They were also the first African-American armoured unit to enter combat. These tankers spearheaded Gen. George Patton's drives, defeated over 6,000 enemy soldiers, captured thirty towns, liberated Jews from concentration camps, and changed the future for African-Americans in the US military. Now, the little-known story of the brave soldiers who waged a simultaneous battle against the Nazis and racism, will be told.
Chuck Sasser has interviewed more than a dozen of these brave men in an effort to draw readers into the story, experiencing the thoughts and feelings of these remarkable men, and to provide and has written an accurate account of their exploits in spearheading George Patton's European offensive.
Charles W. Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist/photographer since 1979. He is a veteran of both the US Navy (journalist) and US Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets), a combat veteran and former combat correspondent wounded in action. He is author, co-author or contributing author of more than 30 books and novels including First Seal with Roy Boehm, One Shot One Kill, Crosshairs On The Kill Zone, and The Walking Dead with Craig Roberts, and Hill 488 with Ray Hildreth.