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Black '41 : The West Point Class of 1941 and the American Triumph in World War II - Bill Yenne

Black '41

The West Point Class of 1941 and the American Triumph in World War II

By: Bill Yenne, Michael J. L. Greene (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2010
ISBN: 9780803234147
Number Of Pages: 408

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"Black '41" opens with the arrival of the class of 1941 at the gates of West Point in the spring of 1937. It follows that class--nicknamed "Black '41" for their misdeeds while at the Academy--over the course of the next four years, as they absorb the lessons that will help them become military leaders. Their cadet days provide the backdrop for the ominous events in a world headed toward war. It would be a war, as Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson underscored in his commencement address to the class in June 1941, that "may fall, in large measure, upon your shoulders." The U.S. Army into which those new graduating second lieutenants were commissioned in 1941 was in many ways a holdover from the army of an earlier era, with plenty of cavalry but without a single armored division. Black '41 became a key part of the new army, quickly transitioning to a mechanized force and growing its air arm. By the time of the major Pacific and European action, Black '41's officers were captains and majors, and leading soldiers into some of the critical fighting in the war. Told largely through the words of the graduates, "Black '41" is the coming-of-age story of West Point's finest, during the hour of our country's greatest need.

"A valuable portrait of a part of the evolution of the U.S. Army over the last half-century."-Booklist * Booklist *
"Military writer Yenne interviewed 60 members of the last West Point class to graduate before the attack on Pearl Harbor and follows their lives through the far-flung conflict that ensued. The personal tales of these new officers are intertwined and gradually lead the reader through the entire war. . . . The result is an easily read and anecdotal work for the general public."-Library Journal * Library Journal *
"Black '41 presents quite an interesting account of how one class of West Pointers served their country in both war and peace. Military Academy graduates and all those readers interested in American military history since 1941 should find this to be an especially enjoyable read."-Roger D. Cunningham, Journal of America's Military Past -- Roger D. Cunningham * Journal of America's Military Past *

Prologue: Rites of Passagep. 1
You're in the Army Nowp. 7
Duty, Honor, West Pointp. 27
Reporting for Dutyp. 57
Infamyp. 71
In the Philippinesp. 79
Awakening the Giantp. 101
A Grand Strategyp. 121
Striking Back at the Empirep. 141
Crusade in Europep. 153
The Battle of the Bulgep. 187
Victory in Europep. 209
The Final Victoryp. 253
Between the Warsp. 265
Koreap. 277
The Good Yearsp. 307
Vietnamp. 319
Retirement and Reflectionp. 331
Epilogue: The Brothersp. 343
Directory of the USMA Class of 1941p. 347
US Army Organization in World War IIp. 367
US Army Organization in the Korean Warp. 369
Decorations Awarded to Members of the Class of 1941 during World War II and the Korean Warp. 371
Bibliographyp. 373
Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9780803234147
ISBN-10: 0803234147
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st December 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.54