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Black Jack Pershing: Love and War (2017)

General John 'Black Jack' Pershing's U.S. troops helped win World War I. To do it Pershing had to first overcome a great personal tragedy and heartbreak he would never speak of for the rest of his life.


Bernard McCoy


Bernard McCoy

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Credited cast:
John J. Pershing ... WWI General / U.S. Army
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Arias Chris Arias ... Narrator
Christopher Capozzola Christopher Capozzola ... Historian
Doran Cart Doran Cart ... Himself
John Milton Cooper John Milton Cooper ... Historian
Robert Doughty Robert Doughty ... Brigadier General / U.S. Army / Retired
Richard S. Faulkner Richard S. Faulkner ... Historian
Denzil Heaney Denzil Heaney ... Himself
Jim Lacey Jim Lacey ... Historian
Saje Mathieu Saje Mathieu ... Historian
Tim McNeese Tim McNeese ... Historian
Michael Neiberg Michael Neiberg ... Historian
Sandra Pershing Sandra Pershing ... Herself
Dennis Showalter Dennis Showalter ... Historian
Barbara Berglund Sokolov Barbara Berglund Sokolov ... Historian


"Black Jack Pershing: Love and War" chronicles the historic life of WWI General John J. Pershing. Pershing's U.S. troops overcame a better trained and equipped German Army to help the Allies win World War I. America's success in the Great War turned our nation into a global superpower. To do that, Pershing had to overcome personal tragedy and heartbreak that may have given him the extraordinary strength to command U.S. troops in WWI. Relying on extensive personal letters, photos, films, and diaries from Pershing's life, this documentary covers his arduous childhood days in Missouri, his West Point military training, his time as a U.S. Cavalry officer who commanded black soldiers and Native American scouts, Pershing's search with 10,000 U.S. troops for Mexican revolutionary General Pancho Villa and Pershing's rise to become America's only active-duty six-star general as commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI. Written by Bernard McCoy

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General Pershing: A Military Leader for All Seasons

Scholars are cognizant of the military genius of "Black Jack Pershing" and of the valor and persistence of the American Doughboy. In this excellent 2107 documentary, Barney McCoy pierces the "Pershing dramatis personae" and the audience is able to relate with the strengths and the foibles of Pershing the doting father, Pershing the grieving widower, and Pershing's April-December romance and marriage.

After a viewing of McCoy's "Black Jack Pershing: Love and War", decades dissolve and we can see why Pershing was so popular in the post-war years He was accepting thousands of invitations to meet and greet with the public, including a few train trips to the state of Idaho to shake hands of veteran service members at 'whistle stops" in the cities of Boise, Caldwell and Nampa, Idaho in January of 1920. On that very same day he gave a speech in Pocatello at the Elks Club. When he found out that a Boy Scout meeting was taking place on the top floor of that building, Pershing climbed the tall staircase to meet with his youthful admirers and to tell them a few stories about "the war to end all wars.

Thank you, Professor McCoy for restoring Pershing, the military legend and Pershing, the private man for future generations to enjoy.

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