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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Caanan White illustrator. From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment--the Harlem Hellfighters In , the th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I.
They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countl From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment--the Harlem Hellfighters In , the th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I.
They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government.
The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on--and off--the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, they tell the heroic story of the th in an action-packed and powerful tale of honor and heart.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Harlem Hellfighters , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Harlem Hellfighters. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Harlem Hellfighters. Mar 28, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels , history , war , racism , comics.
I love it when graphic novels are used to tell personal or historical stories -- it's true that they are not just for superheroes. Longer than any American unit, white or black. In all that time we never lost a trench to the enemy We became one of the most decorated units, black or white, in the entire American Expeditionary Force. Despite being forbidden to fight with our own army, despite imported prejudice from our own government, despite the insults and restrictions and every possible attempt to 'repress them sternly,' despite being set up to fail, we not only stopped Germany's best from taking Paris, but also helped drive them all the way back to their Fatherland.
And when that damn war finally ended, we became the first soldiers of any army, of any color, to reach the Rhine River. Finally, Brooks had the idea to write the story in graphic novel form, and it worked spectacularly well. The incredible artwork by Caanan White shows the horror of that War to End All Wars, and of the fierce spirit of the men who fought in it. We see the rats in the trenches, the gas and barbed wire of No Man's Land, the damage that a machine gun could do to the human body, and the shell shock of the soldiers.
In addition to the war scenes, we also get stories of the racism the Hellfighters experienced while they were training in the American South. It wasn't until they served along side the French that they were treated like equals.
And yet back in the States, they were still thought of as inferior. Bigotry and violence were getting worse, not better. Lynch mobs, race riots, black civilians were still dying at the hands of their fellow Americans.
And here we were, spilling our blood, losing our friends, seeing things, doing things, the likes of which can change a man forever. More than a million New Yorkers came out to welcome them home. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in World War I or in African-American history. View all 6 comments. Aug 12, Sesana rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , comics , nonfiction.
As far as I can tell, this is a lightly fictionalized account of the Harlem Hellfighters , an all-black regiment that served in World War I. Though American, they served for and with a French army that treated them with significantly more humanity than that of their own country.
It's a compelling story, that Brooks has made very readable. The racism that the regiment encounters can be very difficult to read, but it absolutely should be read. It's a shame that, despite their accomplishments, the m As far as I can tell, this is a lightly fictionalized account of the Harlem Hellfighters , an all-black regiment that served in World War I.
It's a shame that, despite their accomplishments, the men of the th have been largely forgotten. The art does drag down the story a bit. It can be hard to tell what's going on during action scenes, and there are places where the violence is so incredibly over the top that it's just plain distracting.
This is the story of an African American regiment, and the hardly-given acknowledgment of their brave actions during the first world war because of racism. My favorite aspect is the mix of the fictional characters and the real ones, such as Henry Johnson.
You can google his name and learn about him or you can read this comic which is way funnier. Apr 23, Matt rated it liked it. I'm afraid the ratings may be inflated on this book because of the subject matter.
First of all I find WWI stories fascinating right off the bat. So I was ready to like this one alot before I even started. Second, I think there is a reluctance to give a bad rating to anything tackling the subject of racism. This book is not bad, but I think it will make a better movie than it did a graphic novel.
The author has said the story started as a script he's been floating around Hollywood and adapted it I'm afraid the ratings may be inflated on this book because of the subject matter. The author has said the story started as a script he's been floating around Hollywood and adapted it to a graphic novel.
Overall I liked the book, just found it a little 2 dimensional. Yeah, the black guys are heroic, yeah they are persecuted anyway, etc. I get it. There wasn't much more depth. I think there could be alot more about the war conditions the men dealt with in general and the black character s who were motivated to go to war to be paid by white folks to kill other white folks.
More of that kind of grey area motivation would make it more interesting. The artwork is great, however I think it suffers from the smaller format. A larger format book with narrower margins would really let the artwork shine. Definitely worth reading, but not a 4. View all 3 comments. Oct 05, Dov Zeller rated it really liked it Shelves: graphics-comics , middle-grade-ya , new-york , non-fiction , war-and-fighting , graphic-history , american-history , picture-book , graphic-bio , wwi-related.
This is one of those books that blurs the boundary between kid's picture books and more YA ish graphic novels. It's being called a graphic novel by many folks on GR not sure if it is advertised that way but is shaped like a picture book and laid out like one.
The material is too adult for a young picture book crowd. I would say the content is more appropriate for middle-grade or YA. While the story is important and fascinating, I don't think it's addressed in enough depth to truly be called a This is one of those books that blurs the boundary between kid's picture books and more YA ish graphic novels. But, I like these form and genre-related questions.
It's always interesting to me when books don't fall into expected categories. The writer originally wanted to make a film on the topic, and I hope a film is made, or several films, because this is not just one story. It's many stories. It would really enrich American historical and cultural understandings if several of these stories about the war, about the music, about the soldiers and their families were part of mainstream media and school curricula.
The art, for the most part, is fantastic. There are eerie convergences of beautiful art and violent circumstances. There is one page with a piano in a field that is really captivating.
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The novel is narrated by Mark, a veteran of the th's tour in Europe. It begins upon the inception of U. The soldiers, though all black, come from a diverse array of backgrounds, classes, and cultures, leading to some initial internal strain. The 15th is headed by Lieutenant Adams and Sergeant Mandla.
The Harlem Hellfighters
On a clear, cold morning in February , the th Infantry regiment — a segregated African-American combat unit — returned to New York from France. The most decorated black soldiers of the First World War, they had served for unbroken days in the trenches, a longer time than any other US troops. And they had done so without conceding a foot of ground to the Germans or losing a man to capture. The valour of the Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, was uncontestable. Honoured with a victory parade along Fifth Avenue, the Hellfighters were cheered on by a crowd of , From a window on 73rd Street, Mrs Vincent Astor and a group of society ladies could be seen waving. Yet homecoming was bittersweet.