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The arrival of the first black American military


During the Second World War, black soldiers were generally deployed as engineer or drivers. White America thought blacks couldn't fight. The local people of Wijchen looked on in amazement when the first Afro-Americans drove into their villages. Wouldn't the colour of these black men run?

During the Second World War, black soldiers were not deployed at the front like the white Americans, but were generally used as engineers or drivers. White Americans believed that Blacks couldn't fight. This division between white and black soldiers was not ended until the Korean War in the 1950s. 

Tourist information

Kasteellaan, Wijchen. Left at the castle entrance. GPS code: 51˚48’29.89”N 5˚43’40.89”E