1800 Engineer General Service Battalion

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The 1800 Engineer General Service Battalion also known as the 1800th Engineers Battalion was a political prisoner labor battalion of the US Army based in Tennessee during World War II. The group was made-up mostly of German, Italian, and Japanese Americans who were suspected of being disloyal. The battalion was organized so the government could watch and control these individuals during wartime.

The 1800 Engineer General Service Battalion was denied weapons and consisted of three companies. "Company A" consisted of around 200 German-Americans who were formerly known as the 620th Engineer General Service Company. "Company B" and "Company C" were made-up of Japanese and Italian-Americans respectively. Others in the battalion were American political dissidents formerly associated with American nationalist groups like the America First Committee, the Christian Front, Silver Shirts and the Ku Klux Klan.[1]

See also


  1. The Plotters, by John Roy Carlson, page 117

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