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A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Segregated War

    A More Unbending Battle tells the incredibly powerful story of the 369th Infantry, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters, the first African-American regiment to be deployed for combat in World War I. In fact, it was the first African American regiment to be deployed for combat in a global conflict. Author Pete Nelson has a gift for humanizing history and this book is full of the very real personal stories of these men, most who gave their lives for their country, a country that did not always treat them as well. Although they were permitted to carry weapons and trained for combat, there was much skepticism in the U.S. military about the wisdom of this decision. Previously, these segregated regiments had been used only as labor troops. But the French had been at war for a while, their troops seriously depleted so the 369th Infantry was sent to France to fight under the French flag. The soldiers were stunned at how well they were treated by the French; France did not have the segregation policies that were in place in the U.S. military and the soldiers fought side by side to hold the lines. They went on to distinguish themselves in combat until the end of the war, never losing ground and no prisoners were taken. Nearly 200 members of the unit were awarded the Croix de Guerre. The soldiers who returned to America after the war were filled with a new dignity and there was a national pride in their accomplishments that became their legacy. Nelson follows these men, recruited from all walks of life, from enlistment to combat and if they were lucky, back home again. This brilliant chronicle will change the way history remembers the Harlem Hellfighters.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

    A Segregated War

    A More Unbending Battle tells the incredibly powerful story of the 369th Infantry, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters, the first African-American regiment to be deployed for combat in World War I. In fact, it was the first African American regiment to be deployed for combat in a global conflict. Author Pete Nelson has a gift for humanizing history and this book is full of the very real personal stories of these men, most who gave their lives for their country, a country that did not always treat them as well. Although they were permitted to carry weapons and trained for combat, there was much skepticism in the U.S. military about the wisdom of this decision. Previously, these segregated regiments had been used only as labor troops. But the French had been at war for a while, their troops seriously depleted so the 369th Infantry was sent to France to fight under the French flag. The soldiers were stunned at how well they were treated by the French; France did not have the segregation policies that were in place in the U.S. military and the soldiers fought side by side to hold the lines. They went on to distinguish themselves in combat until the end of the war, never losing ground and no prisoners were taken. Nearly 200 members of the unit were awarded the Croix de Guerre. The soldiers who returned to America after the war were filled with a new dignity and there was a national pride in their accomplishments that became their legacy. Nelson follows these men, recruited from all walks of life, from enlistment to combat and if they were lucky, back home again. This brilliant history will change the way the Harlem Hellfighters are remembered.

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