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The Road to Victory

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The Red Ball Operation, the vital train of supplies improvised by American troops during the invasion of Europe, was one of the GIs' bravest exploits, without which World War II would have dragged on at a terrible cost of Allied lives. Yet it has been overlooked due to the fact that it was mostly manned by African-Americans. Now the story is told in full in this first book-length study. It is a book not only about the war between the Yanks and their Nazi enemy, but also of war with an enemy closer to home--racism.


David Colley is an award-winning journalist, formerly with the Baltimore Evening Sun. He is now a freelance writer specializing in military affairs and history. Mr. Colley's work has appeared in the New York Times, Popular Mechanics, Army, World War II, Mechanical Engineering, and Current Biography. He has also been a contributor to the History Channel. Mr. Colley lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 A Foothold in Normandy
  • Chapter 2 Operation Cobra
  • Chapter 3 Breakout and Pursuit
  • Chapter 4 In Harm's Way
  • Chapter 5 The Ports
  • Chapter 6 The Red Ball Gets Rolling
  • Chapter 7 The Blood of War
  • Chapter 8 Over the Beaches, into the Mud
  • Chapter 9 Strangers in White America
  • Chapter 10 The Odyssey of the 514th
  • Chapter 11 Effective Chaos
  • Chapter 12 Across the Seine
  • Chapter 13 Never Volunteer
  • Chapter 14 Red Ball Trucks Don't Brake
  • Chapter 15 Daily Life on the Red Ball
  • Chapter 16 Temptations and Black Markets
  • Chapter 17 Secret Weapon
  • Chapter 18 The Jimmy
  • Chapter 19 The Ubiquitous Jerrican
  • Chapter 20 Exhausted Jimmies
  • Chapter 21 Trains and Planes
  • Chapter 22 Buzz Bomb Alley
  • Chapter 23 Joining the Infantry
  • Chapter 24 The Final Days
  • Chapter 25 Victory in the Bulge
  • Chapter 26 ABC to XYZ
  • Chapter 27 The Red Ball's Legacy
  • Appendix: Truck Specifications
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography


Titel: The Road to Victory
EAN: 9781497626256
ISBN: 978-1-4976-2625-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Open Road Integrated Media
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 336
Veröffentlichung: 10.06.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 0.3 MB