• The Lost Eleven

  • The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II
  • By: Denise George, Robert Child
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Their story was almost forgotten by history. Now known as the Wereth Eleven, these brave African-American soldiers left their homes to join the Allied effort on the front lines of WWII. As members of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, they provided crucial fire support at the Siege of Bastogne. Among the few who managed to escape the Nazis' devastating Ardennes Offensive, they found refuge in the small village of Wereth, Belgium. A farmer and supporter of the Allies took the exhausted and half-starved men into his home. When Nazi authorities learned of their whereabouts, they did not take the soldiers prisoner, but subjected them to torture and execution in a nearby field.

Despite their bravery and sacrifice, these 11 soldiers were omitted from the final Congressional War Crimes report of 1949. For 70 years, their files - marked secret - gathered dust in the National Archive. But in 1994, at the site of their execution, a memorial was dedicated to the Wereth Eleven, and all African-American soldiers who fought in Europe.

Drawing on firsthand interviews with family members and fellow soldiers, The Lost Eleven tells the complete story of these nearly forgotten soldiers, their valor in battle, and their tragic end.

©2017 Denise George (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Heartbreaking story. 😞

I endured racist situations which ultimately led to me separating. To listen to their story truly humbles me that I didn't have it no where near as bad as the things these brave men endured.

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I wanted to like this

I really wanted to like this book. I’m somewhat familiar with the story of the Wereth Eleven and wanted to know more. This was like listening to a ghost story told over a camp fire in 6th grade. I made it to the second chapter. The writing and the narrator were definitely over the top in bad way.

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Very good military history lesson.

this book is about military history that is almost never heard of. it tells of a part of history that might be very difficult to talk about and hear but yet it needs to be told.

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inspirational account of our nations struggle

The freedoms fought for by our African American soldiers rendered me speechless. Historically great context!