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Patton's Panthers: The African-American 761st Tank Battalion In World War II

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On the battlefields of World War II, the men of the African-American 761st Tank Battalion under General Patton broke through enemy lines with the same courage with which they broke down the racist limitations set upon them by others — proving themselves as tough, reliable, and determined to fight as any tank unit in combat.

Beginning in November 1944, they engaged the enemy

ebook, 368 pages
Published June 16th 2008 by Pocket Books (first published February 1st 2005)
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Ryan Damour
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The book that I decided to do a critique on was the book Patton’s Panthers by Charles W Sasser. This book was about the hardships and mistreatment's of the outstanding 761st African American Tank battalion, the only black US tank battalion, in World War II. The book followed many different individual experiences from the tank battalion’s soldiers during their time in the war. It starts out in the US and the training camp where the black people are heavily segregat
Scott L.
What an excellent book!

A very readable short chapter story of the history of the 761st Tank Battalion (Patton's Panthers) contribution in the European Theater of World War II. This is a story that not many people know about, because of many different circumstances and their not being a Divisional Unit, the 761st did not until recently get the credit that they deserved for their many contributions. This is their story as told through their eyes by Sasser. He has done a great job at using first-s
This is a rockin' good book. It tells the story of the all black 761st tank division. It's very well done--it traces the unit from formation through the 180 days it spent on the Western Front, fighting through six countries, multiple engagements, from the beaches of Normandy to the capture of Berlin.

Sasser explores the racism the soldiers faced, sometimes at home, sometimes in hospitals, sometimes even during combat. But it also tells the tales of their bravery and courage, and, sometimes, how t
The African-American 761st Tank Battalion under General Patton fought the war much better than what many skepticism and racism people thought they would let alone ANY black soldier. This is a True story of the Black Panthers.
The Author, Charles W. Sasser does a remarkable job in the use of language and what feelings the Black Soldier was going thru. Sasser uses humor and blunt details of the Black Soldier fighting the war. Many of the German soldiers and the German civilians were taken-back by
Fredrick Danysh
The military forces of the United States were segregated during World War II with most black Americans being regulated to support units. The 761st Tank Battalion was a black unit led by mainly white officers Most white Americans felt that blacks were incapable of intelligent combat roles. The unit was finally assigned to General Patton's army were it actively took part in combat. This is the story of several of these soldiers and their commanding officer with quotes from Colonel Bate's second wi ...more
Byrdman50010 Minor
This book looks at a vastly under exposed part of the American effort in World War II, in particular the contributions of the brave African Americans who served in segregated units to defeat racism and totalitarianism while suffering discrimination at the hands of their country. This book chronicles the experiences of the 761st Tank Battalion as they struggled to gain the right to put their lives on the line to fight against the country's enemies. Although the are a few small errors that will be ...more
Randy Sidberry
This is a book about World War two but not exactly about racism. The book deals with racism because it tells the story of a black unit. The story is just as great as band of brothers and other stories of its era. If your into war books or love WW2; you should pick this book up.

Patton didn't think black soldiers could fight. However; he soon has no choice but to let blacks fight. Just like every other dumb idea that came from racism; he was wrong about black men fighting in war.
Frances Fuller
This could have easily been a five star book, but Sasser spent too much time with meaningless dialoug and not enough time on character development. I hear they are making a movie out of this, I hope there is a director, writer, and producer who can wade through the chatter and get to the story. The most moving scene was the young Black soldier who took care of a White injured soldier while both were in the hospital. I cried, I hope they include that scene in the movie.
Slicker and more professional than Brothers In Arms, but the rather sensationalist presentation lacks some of the gravity and dignity that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was able to give the same subject matter. This is much more of a put-you-in-the-action kind of book, so I would recommend it if you thought Brothers was a little dry, or if you just want to know more about the 761st.
Sad these men never received the accolades they richly deserved. A very good book!
Nice coverage of the African American 761st Tank Battalion during World War II.
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Charles W. Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist/photographer since 1979. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy (journalist) and U.S. Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets), a combat veteran and former combat correspondent wounded in action. He also served fourteen years as a police officer (in Miami, Florida, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was a homicide detective). He has ta ...more
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