Forgotten by Linda Hervieux

Forgotten The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes Paperback Nov 10 2016

By Linda Hervieux
Paperback
$15.24 USD

Forgotten is an extraordinary blend of military and social history - a story that pays tribute to the valour of an all-black battalion whose crucial contributions at D-Day have gone unrecognised to this day. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. The nation's highest decoration was not given to black soldiers in the Second World War. Drawing on newly uncovered military records and dozens of original interviews with surviving members of the 320th and their families, Linda Hervieux tells the story of these heroic men. In England and Europe, they discovered freedom they had not known in a homeland that treated them as second-class citizens - experiences they carried back to America, fuelling the budding civil rights movement. In telling the story of the Battalion, Hervieux offers a vivid account of the tension between racial politics and national service in wartime America, and a moving narrative of human bravery and perseverance in the face of injustice.

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Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publisher
Amberley Publishing
Publication date
Nov 10 2016
Language
English
Pages
384
ISBN-13
9781445663487
ISBN-10
1445663481
Weight
533g
Dimensions
156.0mm x 234.0mm