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Author Topic: Chickenshit VS the Sad Sack and Jim Crow  (Read 1859 times)
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« on: March 14, 2010, 01:02:45 PM »

What is a chickenshit?   An Officer with too much authority and too few brains, sergeants who had more than a touch of sadist in their characters, far too many quartermasters and some MP's, "Chickenshit refers to behavior that makes military life worse than it need be: petty harassment of the weak by the strong; open scrimmage for power and authority and prestige ... insistence on the letter rather than the spirit of ordinances.  chickenshit is so called - instead of horse- or bull- or elephant shit - because it is small-minded and ignoble and takes the trivial seriously.  Chickenshit can be recognized instantly because it never has anything to do with winning the war.

The Sad Sack!  A Sad Sack was a miserale person.  Perpetually unhappy himself, he tried to make everyone around him equally miserable.  He was filled with hate - for his officers, for the Army, for blacks, Jews, Italians, whoever.  Whenever he could get away with it, he was a bully.  He was a habitual liar.  He disappeared when real work or fighting had to be done.  Not only did he fail to carry his weight, he was a constant and serious drain on the Army's efficiency.  at his extreme, the Sad Sack was a mean, vicious son of a bitch, without a redeeming virtue.

Jim Crow.  The worlds greatest democracy fought the world's greatest racist with a segregated Army.  It was worse than that:  the Army and the society conspired to degrade African-Americans in every way possible, summed up in the name Jim Crow.  Old Jim Crow ruled in the Army as much as in the south.  Blacks had their own units, mess halls, barracks, bars- Stateside, England, France, Belgium, it didn't matter.  There were no black infantry units in ETO.  There were nine Negro field artillery battalions, a few antiaircraft battalions, and a half dozen tank and tank destroyer battalions, and many service units.  Some did well, some were average, some were poor.  The Causes were familiar :  untrained, with white officers who were the castoffs of other units, poorly equipped, and many commanders refused to have such units as a part of their command. 
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