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

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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 below—better 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 Regiment—the 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 successful—and infamous—regiments 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.

 

About Peter Nelson

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Peter Nelson is a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, Diane, and their two sons, Charlie and Christopher. The Herbert's Wormhole books are Peter's first. He wrote them without ever having met an actual alien or traveling through time, which made it a bit more challenging, but just as fun. You can visit him online at www.herbertswormhole.com.
 
Published May 12, 2009 by Basic Civitas Books. 306 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The story of the Harlem Hellfighters, an all-black regiment who fought against the Germans in World War I and against racism at home.

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Nelson (Left for Dead) tells the story of the 369th Infantry, a segregated regiment that overcame discrimination to make an enviable combat record in the trenches of WWI.

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When the shells exploded prematurely overhead, a rain of shrapnel fell on the men below—better 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 Regiment—the first African-Am...

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