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By Peter N. Nelson

The evening broke open in a hurricane of explosions and hearth. The sound of shells whizzing overhead, screeching during the evening like wounded pheasants, was once terrifying. whilst the shells exploded in advance overhead, a rain of shrapnel fell at the males below—better than while the shells exploded within the trenches... In A extra Unbending conflict, journalist and writer Pete Nelson chronicles the little-known tale of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African-American regiment mustered to struggle in WWI. Recruited from all walks of Harlem lifestyles, the regiment needed to struggle along the French simply because America’s segregation coverage prohibited them from scuffling with with white U.S. squaddies. regardless of notable odds and racism, the 369th turned some of the most successful—and infamous—regiments of the conflict. The Harlem Hellfighters, as their enemies named them, spent longer than the other American unit in strive against, have been the 1st Allied unit to arrive the Rhine, and confirmed remarkable valor at the battlefield, with many infantrymen successful the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor. Replete with brilliant money owed of battlefield heroics, A extra Unbending conflict is the exciting tale of the dauntless Harlem Hellfighters.

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The police told Hayward they knew nothing of the two missing men, who, it turned out, had gotten lost in the dark coming home from town the night before and fallen asleep in a field. Outside the police station, Hayward gave the order to fall in and marched the men back to camp. “Those men never drilled better in their lives,” he told Arthur Little. No one in the crowd that had gathered outside the police station knew how close they’d come to armed insurrection. “As they swung off, and snapped their pieces up to right shoulder,” Hayward said, “that crowd of civilians applauded.

So prepare, say a pray’r, Send the word, send the word to beware. We’ll be over, we’re coming over, And we won’t come back till it’s over Over there $| At Camp Mills, just before Thanksgiving, the men of the Fifteenth found themselves billeted adjacent to men from the 167th Alabama National Guard. The Alabamans had already caused trouble on the Long Island Railroad, where they beat a black man so severely he became blind. The Alabamans had been abusing members of the 43 44 A MORE UNBENDING BATTLE New York Sixty-ninth National Guard as well, and the men of the Fifteenth thought it their duty to stand up for their comrades.

Williams, a Brooklynite in Company A, found serving at Camp Upton an unpleasant experience: “When we arrived at Camp Upton, we found that the camp was not as yet built up, the roads still being uncut in many places and the so-called Main Street knee deep with mud. In addition to this, there were millions of mosquitoes and it was necessary for us to wear mosquito net masks while doing guard duty. There were times when you could take your hands and wipe them across your mask and get a handful of mosquitoes.

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