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Teaching the First World War
Teaching the First World War

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1.4 Case Study: The ‘Harlem Hellfighters’

Some of the contributions to the First World War by African-American soldiers have only recently come to be publicly appreciated. One example is the ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ (or ‘Höllenkämpfer’ in German), a term given to them by the Germans on account of their tenacity.

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Figure 8 Members of the 369th Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Séchault, 29 September 1918

Let’s start the case study by investigating a unique primary source: the wartime notebook of Horace Pippin.