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26

"The Man's Army"

Lecture no. 26 from the course: World War II: A Military and Social History

"The Man's Army"

Taught by Professor Thomas Childers | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

The creation of the U.S. armed forces was itself one of the most astonishing accomplishments of the war. The massive military force ultimately required to win a two-front war fought on land, sea, and in the air simply did not exist in 1939 with the U.S. armed forces. This lecture explores both the development of that fighting force and the day-to-day life within it, analyzing the military as both a social and an ethnic melting pot, including the role of the African-American fighting man in a segregated military.

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