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The Triple Nickles: America's First All-Black Paratroop Unit Paperback – March, 1994

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The 555th Test Platoon, later the 555th Battalion, of the 82nd Airborne Division was the first black paratroop unit, and Biggs was its first officer. The unit trained in the South and faced the problems of segregation in that region 40 years ago. Their segregation within the armed forces proved to be something of an advantage, however, states Biggs, for they could not be transferred into other units and thus worked closely together, becoming a tight-knit and highly efficient team. Their major wartime task was combating the balloon bombs sent over California and the Northwest by the Japanese, an aspect of the battle for the Pacific not widely publicized at the time. Biggs provides a lively history of these intrepid pioneers.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The 555th Parachute Infantry grew from an experimental platoon in late 1943 to a well-trained battalion by spring 1945. Brought to combat readiness, the black unit was ordered to fight forest fires in the American Northwest rather than German or Japanese soldiers. After World War II, as a part of Army integration, the black 555th was incorporated into Gavin's 82nd Airborne division. Biggs was a former officer in the 555th. His book is part highly personal memoir, part unit history. Appropriate for public libraries with black history collections or others with specialized military history collections. Joseph G. Dawson, History Dept., Texas A&M Univ., College Station
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Archon Books (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0208024026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0208024022
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Never heard of them. The usual answer. The same went for me till June 10,2000 when I personally met a Triple Nickler at Carter's Grove, Colonial Williamsburg, Va. The interest stirred in me to know more of these fine paratroopers in the U.S. ARMY during WW II. It seems that this is the only book with the Triple Nickles' history. Take advantage of this book while there are still some out there. Guaranteed, you'll want to know more about these fine paratroopers who endured so much because of their race, but stood as exemplary models that most of us would fall short. Maybe if we, as readers, pay more tribute to these fine men, more will come forward with their books to help resurrect the historical memories that we beckon to know more. If The Triple Nickles is the only book available, I highly suggest reading it to witness the start of the finest intergrated fighting force of the world. Don't let this piece of history slip through your finger tips!
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We were lucky enough to get this book at a Black Educators Conference, but had the sad, but familiar, experience of wanting to share with a young man for inspiration -- and never seeing it again.
The book is written for young adults, but can keep the interest of adults reading it. It tells the story of the first Black paratroop squadron, which served in WWII. As was similar in many of the early US military/minority encounters, these men were trained to fight but then given kitchen duty. Eventually they were given a chance with the 82nd Airborne and went on to have many successful missions.
I found the book to be inspiring and humbling. It would do both blacks and whites good to read it to remember how things were, and not sugarcoat history.
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a great source of history, i need to find out more and more of these types of books and video materials as history is really a great learning tool for me, Thanks amazon, you're doing a good job.
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