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African-American Force replacements

Post  John Dallimore on Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:30 pm

I just had an interesting conversation with a member from our Missouri section. We were discussing black replacements in the Force. I had originally heard that blacks had been sent to Anzio as replacements but due to racial concerns, they were removed for their own safety. I then had the privilege of meeting one of these guys a few years ago. He said he was with the Force at Anzio, and I believe thru southern France. Has anyone done any research into these guys and what happened to them all? I've only met one, but there must have been more. Unfortunately I lost his name and contact info.

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Post  John Dallimore on Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:37 pm

I talked to Charlie Mann(4-3) today and asked him about black replacements. He said he thinks it was the Canadian Army that sent them, but they were removed right away. I didn't even know there were blacks in the Canadian Army in WW2???? Anyone know anymore about them? If Canadian, that would explain why the guy I met was from Toronto, Ontario.
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Post  Oddangryshot on Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:36 pm

Defently were blacks in the British army in WW1 and 2 some were even commissioned infantry officers in both wars. So no reason why there weren't blacks in the Canadian army on equal terms.

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Post  SaddleTramp on Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:06 pm

Going from memory here, book is boxed up...

I think at Anzio there was two Black replacements from the Canadian Army, Walker got wind of it, and Frederick got rid of them, here's a photo of one of them, Pvt L. States.... I'll try and find the reference and post later:

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