Since I wasn’t here on Wednesday, I decided that today I’d feature two books that are new to the library. And if you’re a junior, the topic should be one in the forefront of your brain right now.
Two new books about 369th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters. This was one of the first African-American regiments to serve during World War I and changed many American’s opinions regarding African-Americans serving in the armed forces. They were known as “the regiment that never lost a man captured, a trench, or a foot of ground.” They were honored by the French and got their nickname from the Germans.
Not only were the Harlem Hellfighters tenacious fighters, they also had a marching band that performed all over the world.
So, there are two very different books available. The first is Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley. This is a short, illustrated history of the regiment with beautiful illustrations. If you’re not familiar with them at all, this book is a good place to start.
The second book is The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, of World War Z fame. This is a graphic novel. It’s a fictionalized account of their battles as well as the discrimination they faced.