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A fighting force : African-Americans in the military

Author: Mort ZimmermanNorman StahlDon HoranBill BrummelGreg DeHartAll authors
Publisher: [New York] : The History Channel ; A&E Television Networks, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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[1.1]: African American WWII veterans speak with brutal honesty about the prejudice they encountered and the battles they fought during the war. Learn of the remarkable achievements of units like the Tuskegee Airmen, who earned the respect of their German adversaries in the skies over Italy and Sicily, and discover how the advances made in World War II paved the way for the armed forces to become a model of
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Mort Zimmerman; Norman Stahl; Don Horan; Bill Brummel; Greg DeHart; Douglas J Cohen; Samuel K Dolan; Andrew Rothstein; Harold Dow; Susan Werbe; Bernie Mac; Samuel L Jackson; Nick Brigden; Lou Reda Productions.; Bill Brummel Productions (Firm); Flight 33 Productions (Firm); CBS News Productions.; Al Roker Entertainment (Firm); History Channel (Television network); Arts and Entertainment Network.
OCLC Number: 222026286
Notes: Title from container.
Credits: [1.1] credits: Produced at the studios of Lou Reda Productions [in] Easton, Penn. for the History Channel, c1998 ; executive producer, Lou Reda ; produced by Mort Zimmerman ; written by Norman Stahl ; directed by Don Horan ; edited by Tracey Connor ; executive in charge of production, Sammy Jackson ; music composer, Craig Kastelink ; interview segments directed by Jonathan J. Nash ; camera & audio, Mike Farkas, Chad Sisneros. For the History Channel: executive producers, Charlie Maday, Susan Werbe.
[1.2] credits: Produced by Bill Brummel Productions Inc. for the History Channel, c2006 ; executive producer, Bill Brummel ; producer, Greg Dehart ; writers, Greg Dehart, Bill Brummel ; editor/online editor, Kurt Porter ; director of photography, Richard Pendleton ; historical consultant, Joe Wilson, Jr ; historical advisor, Wayne Robinson, 761st unit historian. For the History Channel: project coordinator, David Blatt ; executive producer, Margaret G. Kim.
[1.3] credits: Produced by Flight 33 Productions, LLC for the History Channel, c2007 ; executive producers, Louise C. Tarantino, Douglas J. Cohen ; written, produced and directed by Douglas J. Cohen ; produced by Samuel K. Dolan ; editor, Gina Vecchione ; director of photography, Jason Newfield ; camera-France, Horea Laptes ; camera-UK, Jaimie Gramston ; additional camera, Steve Dragin ; project coordinator-UK, Julie Cohen ; online editor, Rod Decker ; original music by Eric Amdahl. For the History Channel: programming coordinator, Michelle Wilcox ; executive producer, Dolores Gavin.
[2.1] credits: Produced by CBS News Productions for the History Channel, c2001 ; executive producer, Tom Seligson ; producer, Andrew Rothstein ; editor, Kent Harrington ; associate producer, Dave Siegel ; broadcast associate, Neneh Diallo ; composer, Max Surla ; senior film researcher, Nancy M. Crumley. For CBS News Productions: director of production, Hal Lewis ; executive in charge, Margery Baker Riker. For the History Channel: executive producer, Susan Werbe.
[2.2] credits: Produced by Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. for the History Channel, c2006 ; producer/director, Nick Brigden ; associate producers, Truman McCasland, Craig Roberts ; online editors, Bjorn Bellenbaum, Tom Reilly ; offline editor, Nick Brigden ; assistant editor, Jennifer Kanter ; directors of photography, Nick Brigden, Marshall Stief. For Al Roker Entertainment Inc.: executive producers, Al Roker, Lisa Sharkey ; vice president of production, Susan Iger. For the History Channel: executive producer, Susan Werbe, project director, Emily Macdowell.
Cast: [1.1]: Closing comments by Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) ; narrated by Friz Weaver.
[1.2]: Hosted by Bernie Mac ; narrated by James Avery.
[2.1]: narrator, Harold Dow.
[2.2]: Hosted by Bernie Mac ; narrator, Samuel L. Jackson.
Description: 2 videodiscs (231 min.) : sd., b&w with col. sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD format.
Contents: [1.1] America's Black warriors : two wars to win. [1.2] First to fight : Black tankers of WWII. [1.3] Distant shore : African Americans of D-Day --
[2.1] Black aviators : flying free. [2.2] Honor deferred.
Other Titles: Fighting force : African Americans in the military
Responsibility: The History Channel.

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[1.1]: African American WWII veterans speak with brutal honesty about the prejudice they encountered and the battles they fought during the war. Learn of the remarkable achievements of units like the Tuskegee Airmen, who earned the respect of their German adversaries in the skies over Italy and Sicily, and discover how the advances made in World War II paved the way for the armed forces to become a model of successful integration for the rest of America.

[1.2]: Surviving veterans from the 761st Tank Battalion examine the history of how the battalion came to be; the racism they faced, and their courageous service in the European Theater. The 761st Tank Battalion was the first all black tank unit to see combat. Over the course of 183 days on the front, the 761st helped liberate more than 30 towns under Nazi control. Collectively they were awarded 11 Silver Stars, 70 Bronze Stars, 250 Purple Hearts, and a Medal of Honor. And more than 30 years after coming home, the 761st was finally recognized with the prestigious Presidential Unit Citation.

[1.3]: This moving documentary pays tribute to the valor and sacrifice of African American soldiers while shedding light on the discrimination and disregard that at times proved more threatening than the rigors of battle. 1.2 million African Americans served in World War II, and although largely forgotten by history, nearly 2,000 of them stormed the beaches of Normandy. The stories of seven of these forgotten heroes are told through dramatic recreations and in-depth intervews.

[2.1]: Describes the world of the black aviators who broke down barriers in order to take to the skies. Through period accounts, first-person recollections, and rare photos and footage, follow the difficult journey of African American pilots to secure their rightful place in the U.S. military. Eugene Bullard and Bessie Coleman, the Tuskegee airmen, Frank Peterson are a few of those discussed.

[2.2]: No African American soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor during the second World War. In 1993 the Army contracted Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., to research and prepare a study to determine if there was a racial disparity in the way Medal of Honor recipients were selected. Shaw's team researched the issue and, finding that there was disparity, recommended the Army consider a group of 10 soldiers for the Medal of Honor. Of those 10, seven were recommended to receive the award. In October of 1996 Congress passed the necessary legislation which allowed the President to award these Medals of Honor since the statutory limit for presentation had expired. The Medals of Honor were presented, by President William Jefferson Clinton, in a ceremony on 13 January 1997. Vernon Baker was the only recipient still living and present to receive his award. The other six soldiers received their awards posthumously with their medals being presented to family members. Citations: First Lieutenant Vernon J. Baker for extraordinary heroism in action on 5 and 6 April 1945, near Viareggio, Italy; Staff Sergeant Edward A. Carter, Jr. for extraordinary heroism in action on 23 March 1945, near Speyer, Germany; First Lieutenant John R. Fox for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Sommocolonia; Private First Class Willy F. James, Jr. for extraordinary heroism in action on 7 April 1945 near Lippoldsberg, Germany; Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers for extraordinary heroism in action during the 15-19 November 1944, toward Guebling, France; Captain Charles L. Thomas for extraordinary heroism in action on 14 December 1944, near Climbach, France; Private George Watson for extraordinary heroism in action on 8 March 1943.(excerpted from The U.S. Army Center of Military History's Web site)

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