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Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II: Memories of the Only Negro Infantry Division to Fight in Europe Paperback – April 27, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440127824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440127823
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,300,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A representative for Newman Communications, Inc. contacted me to see if I would like to do a review of Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II by Ivan J. Houston with Gordon Cohn.

I enjoy reading all sorts of non-fiction books, and I am especially interested in World War II history, so I happily accepted the opportunity.

Mr. Houston chronicles his experiences as a young black soldier in the highly segregated regiments of the American Army in World War II. At only 19 years old when he arrived in Europe, Mr. Houston began journaling the daily events of the 3rd Battalion in Compat Team 370 of the 92nd Division. His battalion landed at Italy and fought for nine months against the Germans.

During those nine months, Mr. Houston engaged in battles with Nazis and Fascists. His unit suffered from hundreds of casualties and joined together with other units to achieve success in the war.

Despite their successes at defeating the perpetrators of horror in Europe, the soldiers of the 92nd Infantry received little in the way of welcome upon their return to America. They faced the same inherent racism as before the war. Even their status at war heroes made little difference at home in the USA.

For his efforts and heroism, Mr. Houston received the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He went on to become the CEO of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company.

In this book, Mr. Houston imparts important lessons in humanity. The writing is so engaging, you feel as if you are down in the foxholes and alongside of the devastation and destruction with him.

This book would be a great gift for any historian or person who enjoys learning about the cultural and psychological aspects of racism, war and heroism.
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This book was several years in the making. Mr. Houston has ducumented an incredible story every young person should take the time to read for a historical context of what Black soilders went thru in a highly segregated Army. My father served in Burma, India and told me similar yarns as depicted here. The level of detail Mr,. Houston has brought forth is amazing. The book is based on his personal daily diaries he managed to hold on to all these years in tact. That's a feat in itself. This is a must read for appreciators of African American war history, and this is a personal story that deserves wider exposure.
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Finally a book that puts into complete perspective the challenges and successes of the WWII Buffalo soldier. What I loved about the book is that it included the author Ivan Houston's recollection from a journal which he had been charged to keep. A piece of literature for the military history books.
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