PICTURES DON’T LIE – The Red Ball Express
The Red Ball Express
Members of the Red Ball Express maintain and repair the trucks and equipment. Sometimes doing neccessary repairs in freezing temperatures along the route with minimal tools and provisions.
Trucks were loaded and unloaded 24 hours a day 7 days a week in an effort to keep the supply line moving.
The “Red Ball Express,” formed on Aug 25, 1944, was an enormous truck convoy system primarily operated by African American soldiers during WWII.
It supplied food, fuel, ammunition and other supplies to the fast-moving U.S. Army as it pushed the Germans eastward during WWII.
Operating 24 hours a day, the Red Ball Express operated 5,958 vehicles and carried about 12,500 tons of supplies per day at its peak.
They were under constant threat of attack from enemy aircraft trying to break the supply train. The courageous drivers didn’t let this stop them from driving around the clock. Sometimes having to drive through the darkness without lights to avoid detection.