Overcoming racism and sexism has been a very common theme for Black women in America, but doing so in wartorn Germany during the Nazi’s campaign to eradicate other races than their own…well that certainly adds to the situation. Nevertheless, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, also known as Six Triple Eight, took on the challenge to serve a country that still doesn’t give them their fair due all of the time. Now, from the mind of Tyler Perry, comes a film highlighting the importance of these women that’s headed to Netflix. The hope is that it’ll be completed before 2024.
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Six Triple Eight Tells Story of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
The story of Six Triple Eight is one of getting the job done despite being hit with unfair and unjust discrimination. As the only all-female, all-Black battalion in WWII, the 6888th Central Directory Postal Battalion had plenty of adversity before even being deployed.
After their work was done, there were still battles. Of course, racism and sexism didn’t simply disappear because America had helped liberate Europe and restore peace to the world. Getting recognition at home was far from easy.
In 2019, an article by Kevin M. Hymel published in a magazine focused on World War II would eventually help the unit receive the attention they deserve and inspired a movement to honor the Six Triple Eight with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2022.
855 women were sent to England to become WW2 Soldiers and assist with a very specific job: delivering Army mail. More specifically, getting through a massive three-year backlog of mail that had fallen to the wayside.
Tyler Perry’s Six Triple Eight headed up by Kerry Washington will tell their story. Along with Susan Sarandon, Dean Norris, Sam Waterston, and Oprah Winfrey, the drama coming to Netflix will deliver to audiences the story of a segregated group of women working to lift the spirits of those fighting overseas, with an all-star cast.
In addition to the talent above, writer/director Tyler Perry is enlisting a host of young talents such as Ebony Obsidian, Pepi Sonuga, Milauna Jackson, Shanice Shantay, Sarah Jeffery, Jay Reeves, Jeanté Godlock, Kylie Jefferson, and Moriah Brown to help portray this epic story.
It’s unsure when Six Triple Eight by Tyler Perry will get to our favorite devices, but considering his reputation for quick turnarounds and the fact that filming has already begun, the hope is that the picture will be arriving soon rather than later.
In WW2 the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion Always Delivered
The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion had a huge task ahead of them. There were millions of fighters in Europe facing the worst conditions imaginable and for years, mail delivery had been shotty at best.
There was a massive backlog for three years and this did nothing to help morale. Think about that. Today, if people don’t text us, IM us, email, FaceTime, or snap us for ten seconds, it’s a big deal.
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We’ve become so accustomed to being able to reach and be reached by those we care about that by the time you finish this article, you’ll likely have received several messages you’ll stop to read or ignore and then skim through only to return to them later.
But such technology was decades away from those fighters, so wait they did. Wait, until the Six Triple Eight turned up to help ensure that messages were getting through.
This meant training hard for the conditions of a war-torn Europe. Often in lesser conditions with fewer resources because they were Black women. For training, at least, it’s important to keep that aspect in perspective here.
That’s because even if you’re not going to fight on the frontlines, being in Europe at this time meant you needed to have skills to survive on the battlefield. This includes moving across terrain, identifying enemy vehicles, etc.
Part of the Women’s Army Corps in WW2, the WAC unit, would be put into four postal directory companies: A, B, C, and D. Additionally, there was also a Headquarters company handling support, overhead, and administrative duties.
This organization is about as great as accommodations got because there were several things lacking, including adequate housing, healthcare, working conditions, and anything else you can think a Black woman in the 1940s would possibly face.
Their primary service was in England, but they were also sent to France once their backlog was successfully organized and sent. The Six Triple Eight’s motto of “no mail, low morale” and the leadership of Major Charity Adams kept them going as a successful force that helped lift the spirits of Americans fighting in Europe.
The Six Triple Eight: 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion Documentary
If you can’t wait for the release of Six Triple Eight, you can still learn more about the story now. Lincoln Penny Films has a documentary called The Six Triple Eight which is available to view via screening requests and tells the story of these women and the role they played.
Everyone that served in WWII had their own roles and obstacles to overcome, but those within the Six Triple Eight were unique, often for the wrong reasons. Still, neither rain, nor sleet, nor prejudice, not the deadliest war humanity has ever known were able to stop them from completing their mission.
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