The Black Panthers Fought in the 761st Tank Battalion During the Battle of the Bulge

There’s another Black Panther movie in the works. This one, however, isn’t about the comic book superheroes that broke box office records in 2018 or the 1970s black activist group. It’s about the original Black Panthers: World War II’s 761st tank battalion.

In October of 1944, the 761st became the first African-American tank battalion to see combat in World War II. And, by the end of the war, the Black Panthers had fought their way further east than nearly every other unit from the United States, receiving 391 decorations for heroism. They fought in France and Belgium, and were one of the first American battalions to meet the Russian Army in Austria. They also broke through Nazi Germany’s Siegfried line, allowing General George S. Patton‘s troops to enter Germany.  


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