A More Unbending Battle

The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home

By Peter N. Nelson
(Basic Civitas Books, Hardcover, 9780465003174, 291pp.)

Publication Date: May 2009

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"The night broke open in a storm of explosions and fire. The sound of shells whizzing overhead, screeching through the night like wounded pheasants, was terrifying. When the shells exploded prematurely overhead, a rain of shrapnel fell on the men belowbetter than when the shells exploded in the trenches..."

In A More Unbending Battle, journalist and author Pete Nelson chronicles the little-known story of the 369th Infantry Regimentthe first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI. Recruited from all walks of Harlem life, the regiment had to fight alongside the French because America's segregation policy prohibited them from fighting with white U.S. soldiers.

Despite extraordinary odds and racism, the 369th became one of the most successfuland infamousregiments of the war. The Harlem Hellfighters, as their enemies named them, spent longer than any other American unit in combat, were the first Allied unit to reach the Rhine, and showed extraordinary valor on the battlefield, with many soldiers winning the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor. Replete with vivid accounts of battlefield heroics, "A More Unbending Battle" is the thrilling story of the dauntless Harlem Hellfighters.

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