“It is because of men like these, who fought for our Nation at a time when, because of their skin color, they were not afforded equal rights, that I could be a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. My success was enabled by their sacrifices. This book is a must-read and… it blessed my heart.”
—Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West, US Army, (Retired), former Congressman
“The Lost Eleven is an incredible account of the unheralded patriotism exhibited by African-American GIs during WWII... The story of the Eleven should be a reminder to all Americans that the values of duty, honor and service are not reserved to any one race, class or ethnicity.”
—Jim Gerlach, former Congressman
“The personal stories of the African-American soldiers provide a lens through which the reader can gain an understanding of the unique contributions and sacrifices made by African Americans in defense of our Nation. After you’ve read it, pass it on… your friends and family will thank you.”
—General Edward A. Rice, Jr, US Air Force, (Retired)
“The Lost Eleven writes into history the forgotten African-American men who fought courageously in the Battle of the Bulge despite the segregation and racism they experienced… It is a book that should be read by all because it speaks to the human spirit.”
—Kara Tucina Olidge, PhD, Executive Director, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University
Denise is the author of 31 traditionally published books with Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Zondervan, Tyndale House, LifeWay, Bethany House, and others.
The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II (Hardcover)
Denise George and Robert Child
Nearly forgotten by history, this is the story of eleven African-American soldiers who fought courageously for freedom in WWII—only to be ruthlessly executed by Nazi troops during the Battle of the Bulge.
Their story was almost forgotten by history. These brave African-American soldiers left their homes to join the Allied effort on the front lines of WWII, becoming members of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. With skill and precision, they fired the 155mm Howitzers, providing crucial fire support at major battles in France. On December 17, 1944, they endured torture and execution in Wereth, Belgium.
Despite their bravery and sacrifice, these eleven soldiers were officially forgotten, omitted from the final Congressional War Crimes report of 1949. For seventy years, their files—marked "secret"—gathered dust in the National Archive.
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.
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