We’re delighted to welcome US author and journalist Linda Hervieux to Octavo’s as part of her UK tour to launch her book Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War.
Introduced by local historian and author Neil Sinclair, Linda will be with us on Thursday December 8th for an evening discussing her research into the only black combat unit at D-Day who were stationed in Pontypool.
Tickets are £3 and include a glass of wine and some nibbles. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Forgotten tells the story of the only black combat unit at D-Day. These men, who endured horrific segregation and racism in the US, found freedom for the first time during the months they lived in Great Britain training for D-Day.
Churchill’s ministers correctly feared that white American troops would abuse black British colonial troops. I reveal many of these encounters, culled from my extensive research at the National Archives at Kew. The British press and public helped foil the executions of black soldiers wrongfully convicted of sex crimes, and forced the Americans to confront the unequal military justice meted out on the basis of race.
Meanwhile, black GIs marveled at the reception extended to them throughout Britain. The star of Forgotten is a young GI named Wilson Caldwell Monk who found a surrogate mother in a devoted woman in Wales who treated him like a second son and wrote extraordinary letters to Monk’s mother in Atlantic City, New Jersey.