Some comfort knowing my generation is not alone war all war leaves scars some are visible while others are not As for the book Harris has put together a well researched and documented presentation on a seldom looked at era of history I loved the connection of early jazz music and the organization the Harlem Hellfighters I m also glad to see American Experience have added their story to their Great War documentary If you re a fan of history and want to learn something new I totally recommended this book No bent No rhetoric Just data story and documentation This was a really good book especially for a graphic novel This is the first graphic novel i have read and i really liked it so i think i will start to read graphic novels because of this book I have mixed feelings about this book I was expecting of a nit history when I purchased it It gives a view of WWII through the eyes of African Americans The formation of the Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires, unit and the difficulties regarding its deployment are familiar with anyone who has annderstanding of African American History in the US Milit. T from both civilians and their white comrades Once in France they initially served as laborers all while chafing to prove their worth as American soldiersThen they got their chance The 369th became one of the few US Asimovs Science Fiction, July 2016 units that American commanding general John J Pershing agreed to let servender French command Donning French Golden Turnabout uniforms and takingp French rifles the men of the 369th fought valiantly alongside French Moroccans and held one of the widest sectors
More graphic novels young adult accessible books should have this degree of verisimilitude and dedication to important causes Max Brooks has done something incredible with this book The man who wrote the Zombie Survival Guide has now written something genuinely important I had never heard of the Hellfighters That s a shame This is an incredible story about an incredible group of heroes who have been all but erased from history I m glad it got made and hope that as many people as possible get the chance to read itIts social importance aside it s well told elouent emotionally powerful and well paced Check this book out and maybe consider buying a copy to read and to share after you re done Harlem hell fighters was a powerful book about racial pride and discrimination What a fantastic bit of history Hard to believe 100 years feels almost like stepping into another world a familiar one be it that Towards the end while the author did not specifically connect PTSD issues with returning troops from France the evidence was hard to miss As a veteran myself there is. When the United States entered World War I in 1917 thousands of African American men volunteered to fight for a country that granted them only limited civil rights Many from New York City joined the 15th NY Infantry a National Guard regiment later designated the 369th US Infantry Led by mostly inexperienced white and black officers these men not only received little instruction at their training camp in South Carolina but were freuent victims of racial harassmen.
Ary I would have also liked to have seen information regarding the heroic deeds of the soldiers One of the things I found disconcerting was the author s apparent dislike of General Pershing Most other histories talk about respect that Pershing had for the African Americans that he served with in the West and during the Spanish American War It appears that the author with little nderstanding blamed Pershing for the shortcoming of politicians and racist officers I think the book provides a good history of the founding of the 15th369th Infantry Regiment and turn of the century racism It gives s a taste of he regiment during the War but falls short with the details and when it comes to wartime coverage This book is a really good look into the American part of WWI It s a great ntold story that doesn t get enough publicity for the heroic actions of the men who fought in this group A bit tribute than objective history perhaps but it s warranted It s absolutely astonishing what those men had to go through for the privilege of fighting and dying for their country. N the Western Front The entire regiment was awarded the Croix de Guerre the French government’s highest military honor Stephen L Harris’s accounts of the valor of a number of individual soldiers make for exciting reading especially that of Henry Johnson who defended himself against an entire German suad with a large knife After reading this book you will know why the Germans feared the black men of the 369th and why the French called them “hell fighters”.
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