Black Warriors by Ivan J. Houston

Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II: Memories of the Only Negro Infantry Division to Fight in Europe
by Ivan J. Houston, Gordon Cohn (Contributor)
Available 04/23/09

No member of Combat Team 370 of the 92nd (“Buffalo”) Division has ever forgotten the night of August 23, 1944, when the team prepared to enter combat for the first time. This adventure along the banks of the Arno River was no training exercise: it was war. The regimental combat team consisted of 4,000 men, mostly southern Negroes of modest education and a small complement of college men, including author Ivan J. Houston, who was nineteen years old.

Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II is Houston’s recollection of their service, drawn from a minute-by-minute journal it was his duty to keep. The men of the 3rd Battalion, 370th Regiment Combat Team, 92nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Fifth Army were brothers in a segregated army, warring not only against the awesome power of the Nazi war machine but against racism and the widely held belief that they were not up to the task. Their achievements proved otherwise.

Accented with photos and maps, Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II is a compelling, memorable, and invaluable account of a time in U.S. military history that is largely unknown to this generation of Americans.

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