Part of "The World at War" series. It was a war without bullets and bombs, one that was silent and invisible to most Americans. Reveals the story of black Americans' long battle for the right to serve as equals in the U.S. military. Facing discrimination, segregation, and sometimes outright hostility and rejection, blacks nevertheless managed to honorably serve and heroically fight in such conflicts as the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and World War I. However, it wasn't until their vital contribution to the American victory in World War II that blacks finally won the military's acceptance. Shows a rare combat and newsreel footage, capturing their struggle.