- 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: #1,288,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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Story of brave African American soldiers fighting in Italy in the end of WWII in a race segregated unit. This is a little known fact in my country. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marcin Zdybicki