The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Fighting on Both Fronts

Samuel de Korte

The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion was activated on 25 July 1942 at Camp Carson, USA and, like many other tank destroyer battalions, would be sent to Europe. It saw combat in France, where a platoon earned the Distinguished Unit Citation, and later continued to fight gallantly in Germany and Austria until the war was over.
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399008686
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$29.95

Overview
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The 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion was activated on 25 July 1942 at Camp Carson, USA and, like many other tank destroyer battalions, would be sent to Europe. It saw combat in France, where a platoon earned the Distinguished Unit Citation, and later continued to fight gallantly in Germany and Austria until the war was over.

However, unlike many other tank destroyer battalions that fought in the Second World War, this unit was crewed only by black soldiers. The men had been subjected to racism from their countrymen during training, although the battalion did eventually win the respect of the white soldiers they fought alongside. When the third platoon deployed their guns on the slopes near Climbach, France, they weren’t just fighting against the Germans, but also against any prejudices that their white countrymen might have had.

Having earned the respect of the 103d Infantry Division, the 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion shared in their triumphs and tragedies. So when the division needed to retreat during a blizzard, or when Task Force Rhine pushed its way across the German plains, or when the division suffered heavy losses at Schillersdorf, the 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion was there with them.

Included in this book are lists of medals awarded to the men during the war, as well as a list of casualties and those that served in the unit.

About The Author
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Samuel de Korte is a graduate student of the Cultural History of Modern Europe at Utrecht University, and in his spare time enjoys researching or writing articles about popular history. He is a descendant of Wilhelmus van Dijk, which formed the basis for this project. Through the use of interviews, his historical training, archive research and other historical material, he has managed to recover a great deal about the men involved.

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