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Soldiers of the 761st tank battalion , Pete Chatmon  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Soldiers of the 761st tank battalion
  • Directors: Pete Chatmon
  • Writers: Pete Chatmon
  • Producers: Pete Chatmon, Steven A. White, Wayne D. Robinson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Maroma Productions
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027FG1J0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,685 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The 761st was the first unit to enlist African-American soldiers to operate armored vehicles. What the Tuskegee Airmen were to the skies, the 761st was to land, as they were requested by General George S. Patton to assist with heavy fighting during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. The soldiers of the 761st Tank Battalion fought for 183 consecutive days, in six countries, and with great success despite a fifty-percent casualty rate. They were commonly referred to as "Eleanor Roosevelt's Niggers", but proved themselves to be America's Men in what we now call the "Greatest Generation".

Despite these undeniable accomplishments, the 761st Tank Battalion would not receive their due credit until April 20, 1978 when President Carter issued the Presidential Unit Citation to them. It took 52 years before Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers would be awarded a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor (January 13, 1997) in a ceremony presided over by President Clinton.

In "761st", twelve of these great soldiers recount their experience in the United States Army, fighting for a freedom overseas that they did not enjoy in America.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Heart-wrenching; awe-inspiring..." September 17, 2009
There's a certain irony to this film and others of its ilk where we find Afro-American soldiers going to war in other countries in the name of democracy, freedom and equality when they themselves did not enjoy or benefit from the same in their own country at the time. And yet there is in this recount of the 761st tank batallion a heart-wrenching and, at the same time, awe-inspiring commentary on tenacity, teamwork and the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit. A viewing of the 761st Black Battalion will almost certainly have an impact on your views about WW II but, more important, it will certainly have a significant impact on your life view and your personal interpretation of the philosophical saw about 'man's inhumanity toward man'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A History We Should All Know! September 8, 2009
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Moving, surprising, and informative. Something of a black history buff, I was stunned to see this documentary and learn so much about something that I knew absolutely nothing about. There is a lot of information that one can find regarding World War II that shows how heroic our army was, but very little of it has focused on African American or other soldiers of color. This movie covers specific details about one of three black tank division lost in the back pages of history that many, many people (especially younger people) never learn about in school. My thanks to the producers for giving this story a chance to be known.

The personal interviews really bring this movie to life. The emotions that the soldier share are so "in your face", so "right there" for all to see, that viewers can't help but feel as if you are right there talking with the guys. Heroes by any definition, they come across so matter of fact that they could easily be your neighbor or relative sitting in your living room talking about the past.

If you haven't already, buy it and view it. You will learn a lot and be glad that you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue historical perspective October 30, 2009
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Insightful and compelling story about a long overlooked group of WWII heroes. The filmmakers did a wonderful job of compiling hundreds of pieces of historical and anecdotal information to cobble together a coherent and eye-opening story about the bravery and heroics of this group of men who fought battles on two fronts, at home and abroad. Several first-hand accounts are shown through interviews of the men. Very educational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Story of Courage and Pride September 5, 2009
This film is a must see for all Americans. The film delivers the goods on a story that needed to be shared. The soldiers of the 761st before their death shared a moving history. This is the best documentary of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bimwee August 24, 2009
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Powerful! Many know the story of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, but not that of the 761st Tank Battalion. I viewed this documentary with a group of old friends. We were absolutely riveted to the story. There was no discussion during its airing, except for some visceral reactions and expressions of amazement from time-to-time. Revelations and lessons to be shared............
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