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Buffalo Soldiers in Italy : Black Americans in World War II - Hondon B. Hargrove

Buffalo Soldiers in Italy

Black Americans in World War II

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The 92nd Infantry (""Buffalo"") Division was the last segregated (all-black) U.S. Army division and the only black division to fight in World War II in Europe. The few media references to the division have reflected generally unfavorable contemporary evaluations by white commanders. The present work reflects an analysis of numerous records and interviews that refute the negative impressions and demonstrate that these 13,500 soldiers gained their share of victories under hardships no others were expected to meet. The photographs are on 16 pages of special, high-quality, glossy plates.

"recommended"--The Book Report; "necessary...accurate...needed"--Choice; "first time analysis...utilizes extensive research"--About...Time; "all public and academic libraries should purchase this book"--Colorado Libraries; "a book that neither World War II veterans nor African American scholars want to miss"--History: Reviews of New Books.

Dedicationp. ii
Introductionp. vii
Origins and Traditionsp. 1
The First Buffalo Soldiersp. 1
Buffalo Soldiers in World War Ip. 2
Struggle for Identityp. 3
Preparation for Combatp. 4
Festering Turbulencep. 7
Pre-Combat Operationsp. 11
The 370th Combat Team Landsp. 11
Allied Situation in Italyp. 12
The Allied Offensive Planp. 14
Fifth Army Planp. 14
From the Arno to the Gothic Linep. 15
First Bloodp. 15
First Score-Cardp. 24
A New Battle Arena--New Line-Upsp. 26
Balance of the 92nd Division Arrivesp. 30
The 365th Combat Team Is Committedp. 36
Back to the 371stp. 36
370th Combat Team--Heavy Action in the Serchio Valleyp. 39
The 366th Infantry Regiment Enters the Frayp. 47
An Abundance of Heroesp. 49
The Battles for the Serchio Valleyp. 53
Probing and Harassing the Enemyp. 53
Increased Activity in the Serchio Valleyp. 56
Surprise Enemy Counterattack in the Serchio Valleyp. 59
Opening Movesp. 62
Action on the Left Bankp. 68
Delays in Support Dispositionsp. 71
Action on 27 December--East of the Riverp. 73
Operations in the Coastal Sectorp. 77
Aftermathp. 78
February Attack in Coastal Sectorp. 82
Plan Fourth Termp. 82
Diversion in the Serchio Valleyp. 84
The Main Attack Begins--8 Februaryp. 88
The 370th Infantry Attack on Strettoia Hillsp. 89
The 371st Reaches for the Higher Groundp. 94
The 366th--Ordeal on the Plainsp. 98
The Second Day of Battle--9 Februaryp. 107
The 371st Continues the Attackp. 110
The 366th Fights Onp. 112
The Third Day of Battle--10 Februaryp. 116
The 371st Continues to Reach Forwardp. 118
The Last Battle for the 366thp. 121
The 371st Clings to the Ridge Line--11 Februaryp. 123
Elements of 370th and 371st Give Groundp. 124
Results of the Attackp. 126
Evaluationp. 127
Dismemberment of the Buffalo Divisionp. 145
High Level Discussionsp. 145
The Spring Offensive--5 April-2 May 1945p. 149
The Allied Planp. 149
Early Moves--Troop Dispositionsp. 150
The 442nd Moves on the Mountainsp. 155
Destruction and Pursuit--11 April-2 Mayp. 163
Prize for the Braziliansp. 169
Tedesco e Finito--(The German Is Finished)p. 170
Results of the Offensivep. 171
365th and 371st Detached from Main Effortp. 174
The Partisansp. 176
Organizationp. 176
Chapter Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 187
Statistical Data, Tablesp. 191
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780786417087
ISBN-10: 0786417080
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 1st October 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.24  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Type: New edition