Of some of the coverages and commemorations of D-Day, the World War II Allied amphibious invasion of Normandy, France, code-named “Operation Overlord” that I’ve been seeing on television and hearing on the radio so far, none of it either referred to nor mentioned the participation of nearly 2,000 brave Black American troops; men of color who, seventy-five (75) years ago, also landed on [code-named] Omaha and Utah Beaches at Normandy on that fateful day of June 6, 1944.
Video: A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day
Fortunately, a few print magazines and websites had the courage to mention this truthful fact; choosing to neither ignore, white-wash, nor erase what is an equally important aspect of World War II history (unlike, for example, what the 1998 war film “Saving Private Ryan” – which I still liked, had shamefully done).
I’ve watched and loved war drama television shows and theater films since childhood. As I watch such shows or films, I always look for Black U.S. military servicemen. I especially look for men who “looked like me” in TV shows and films that are based on WWI and WWII history and am quite disappointed when none are featured because I know full well that brave men of color were “over there” too!
Video: The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices (Blacks in WWII documentary)
I’ve listed a few links to sites where readers can learn a bit more about Black Americans who served in World War II and about ‘D-Day‘:
- D-Day’s Only African-American Unit
- A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day (a NPR article)
- The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices (Blacks in WWII documentary)
- The Normandy Invasion of June 6, 1944 (Wikipedia)
- Facts about ‘D-Day’
– RobFather X