The Lost Eleven

The Lost Eleven

The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II

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Their story was almost forgotten by history. Now known as the Wereth Eleven, these brave African-American soldiers left their homes to join the Allied effort on the front lines of WWII. As members of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, they provided crucial fire support at the Siege of Bastogne. Among the few who managed to escape the Nazi's devastating Ardennes Offensive, they found refuge in the small village of Wereth, Belgium. A farmer and supporter of the Allies took the exhausted and half-starved men into his home. When Nazi authorities learned of their whereabouts, they did not take the soldiers prisoner, but subjected them to torture and execution in a nearby field. Despite their bravery and sacrifice, these eleven soldiers were omitted from the final Congressional War Crimes report of 1949. For seventy years, their files-marked secret-gathered dust in the National Archive. But in 1994, at the site of their execution, a memorial was dedicated to the Wereth Eleven and all African-American soldiers who fought in Europe. Drawing on firsthand interviews with family members and fellow soldiers, The Lost Eleven tells the complete story of these nearly forgotten soldiers, their valor in battle and their tragic end. INCLUDES PHOTOS
Publisher: New York : Caliber, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101987391
1101987391
Branch Call Number: 940.541273 GEO
Characteristics: xvi, 398 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Child, Robert 1963-

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Apr 18, 2017

A truly shocking story. Around the same time the infamous Malmedy Massacre happened, eleven men of a very successful artillery company got separated from the rest of their team (twelve men, who were taken prisoner). They found shelter at the home of a kind German-speaking Belgian family, but were quickly betrayed by a neighbour, dragged out of their temporary home, and shot to death. For more than five decades, the nature of their deaths remained classified until the twelve year old boy who took them in, now an adult, decided to tell their story. The book goes through the key elements of the war, including the war planning by the Allies and the Nazis, and the process the company in question went through, from recruitment and training to actual combat. It also recounts their time in Britain, and how fellow white soldiers were angered that white British women were attracted to black servicemen, a kind they had never seen in their lives. It remains one of the strange enigmas that an army that fought the world's worst ever racist fought with a segregated military ... but the success of this and other groups ensured that, shortly after the war, the service branches would indeed be integrated. A good recounting of a forgotten story that needed to be told.

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