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HISTORY TIP OF THE DAY

History Tip of the Day – November 13th

Red Ball Express is founded, August 21, 1944

As General George S. Patton planned his march through France and then on to Germany, an essential element was the establishment of a trucking operation to move food, fuel, ammunition, replacement clothing, and medicine. The Red Ball Express (“red ball” referred to the railroad symbol for express freight) delivered 412,193 tons of supplies before it was disbanded in November. Nearly 75 percent of the drivers were African American. Many of them went on to help Patton and his Third Army in the Battle of the Bulge.