National Defense: And the --- ---- Engineers

Into the wooded, gullied fields around Polly Ray Mountain at Fort Bragg, N.C., 18,000 troops of the Ninth Division moved for maneuvers. Everything was set for a nice little black & white wargame. Infantrymen and artillerymen were to attack the hill. The defenders were Lieut. Colonel John Elliott Wood's 41st Engineers, the first regiment of Negro engineers in the new Army.

The 41st decided to make an offensive defense. Hell and "Smoky Joe" Wood's black, grinning engineers broke loose at the same time. Out of the scrub, up from concealing gullies roared an...

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