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Hellfighters: Harlem's Heroes of World War One

"For almost 300 years African Americans served a nation that would not serve them." This is the history of the 369th Infantry Regiment (the Harlem Hellfighters) the first Negro Regiment during WWI. As an American regiment they served under the French, compiling an astounding war record; the outfit was 191 days under fire, never lost a foot of ground or had a man taken prisoner. The regiment earning several unit citations along with many individual decorations for valor from the French government. The regimental band (under the direction of James Reese Europe) became famous throughout Europe, being the first to introduce the unknown music called jazz. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, historians and military leaders. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 30 min.