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6888th in the News

Guests on 6888th TourHistorian Edna W. Cummings, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) and our guests on the 6888th Legacy Tour made quite an impression as they followed the path of the only African American WAC unit of WWII from Scotland to England and France, generating news coverage for the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion as well as the inaugural tour. Read on!

Six Triple Eight: The battalion of black women erased from history

By BBC News

The story of a World War Two battalion of black women who came to England to solve a postal crisis has been hidden for decades, but they are starting to get the recognition they deserve. The BBC spoke to some of their relatives about the unit known as Six Triple Eight.

In 1945, as war continued to grip many parts of the globe, 855 women answered the US Army’s call to revive troop morale and clear a two-year postal backlog in England.

They set sail from America to the UK, finally settling in Birmingham to join the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion.

Then aged 26, trailblazer Major Charity Adams became the first black woman to command an overseas battalion in the US Army and led the women to solve a huge problem.

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Relatives of history making 6888th Battalion visit Stratford as Netflix turns the women’s World War II story into a film

By Stratford Newsdesk

When the 6888th Battalion arrived in Britain from American in 1945, they were tasked with helping to boost the moral of the troops fighting in the Second World War.

This they were to achieve from their base in Edgbaston, Birmingham, where they were to sort through millions of pieces of undelivered post that should have been sent to the front line, letters and parcels from back home.

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Retracing their steps: descendants of 6888th Battalion return to Europe to honor their foremothers

By AFRO News

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours (SAHT) is thrilled to announce that a group of descendants of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, popularly known as the “Six Triple Eight,” have embarked on a remarkable tour to honor the legacy of their courageous ancestors.

Retracing their steps from Glasgow to Birmingham, from London to Normandy, and from Rouen to Paris. The highlight of the tour will be a remembrance ceremony for the three members of the 6888th buried at the Normandy American Cemetery

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