Battlefield 1 First Plot Details Revealed ‘Harlem Hellfighters’

The newest leaked promotional poster makes reference to a ‘Harlem Hellfighters Infantry Regiment’

“Pre-Order now and get the Hellfighter Pack – containing themed items by the Heroid Harlem Hellfighter Infantry Regiment”

The 369th Infantry would come to be known as the Harlem Hellfighters. Their motto was “God damn, let’s go.”

Who Were the Harlem Hellfighters?

First organized in 1916 as the 15th New York National Guard Infantry Regiment and manned by black enlisted soldiers with both black and white officers, the U.S. Army’s 369th Infantry Regiment, popularly known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” was the best known African American unit of World War I.  Federalized in 1917, it prepared for service in Europe and arrived in Brest, France in December.  The next month, the regiment became part of the 93rd Division (Provisional) and continued its training, now under French instructors.  In March, the regiment finally received its Federal designation and was reorganized and reequipped according to the French model.  That summer, the 369th was integrated into the French 161st Division and began combat operations.

Dubbing themselves “Men of Bronze,” the soldiers of the 369th were lucky in many ways compared to other African American military units in France in 1918.  They enjoyed a continuity of leadership, commanded throughout the war by one of their original organizers and proponents, Colonel William Hayward.  Unlike many white officers serving in the black regiments, Colonel Hayward respected his troops, dedicated himself to their well-being, and leveraged his political connections to secure support from New Yorkers.  Whereas African American valor usually went unrecognized, well over one hundred members of the regiment received American and/or French medals, including the first two Americans – Corporal Henry Johnson and Private Needham Roberts – to be awarded the coveted French Croix de Guerre.

Spending over six months in combat, perhaps the longest of any American unit in the war, the 369th suffered approximately fifteen hundred casualties but received only nine hundred replacements.  Unit histories claimed they were the first unit to cross the Rhine into Germany; they performed well at Chateau-Thierry and Belleau Wood, earning the epithet “Hell Fighters” from their enemies.  Nevertheless, the poor replacement system coupled with no respite from the line took its toll, leaving the unit exhausted by the armistice in November.  Although the 369th could boast of a fine combat record and a regimental Croix de Guerre, the unit was plagued by acute discipline problems resulting from disproportionate casualties among the unit’s longest-serving members and related failures to assimilate new soldiers.  After considerable effort by Colonel Hayward, the 369th was welcomed home with a parade in February 1919 and reabsorbed into the National Guard.

In World War II, the formation was organized as the 369th Antiaircraft Artillery Regiment (no relation to the also all-black 369th Infantry in the 93rd Infantry Division), and served in Hawaii and at various locations along the West Coast.  The unit survives today as the 369th Support Battalion of the New York Army National Guard.


“The story of James Reese Europe and the Hell Fighters is one of the best I know, and here it is told superbly. It is the story of bravery and courage, creativity and controversy, tragedy and transcendence. It reminds us, in nearly every line, of the extraordinary contributions African Americans have made—not just to American life, but to the very essence of what it means to be an American.”

—Ken Burns, award-winning documentary filmmaker
The 369th Infantry would come to be known as the Harlem Hellfighters. Their motto was “God damn, let’s go.”


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  1. WOW, the harlem globe trotters in their first game !!!

  2. Looks and sounds amazing. So far has surpassed my expectations.
    Certainly puts these guys to shame…

    • it will, totally, but dont forget its EA

  3. Does everything have to be about blacks?

    • shut the fuck up idiot. EVERYTHING else is about whites. Get the fuck out of here with your ignorant ass comment

      • Who says I’m white? Nobody likes them.

      • Put a loaded shotgun into your mouth and pull the trigger, cuck.

    • When you’ve known nothing but privilege your whole life diversity feels like oppression.

      • Diversity has just come to mean no whites.

        • This history revisionist propaganda pushed by the cucks of the world the Swedes pushed it to it by their kike masters.

        • I suppose when your view is so narrow and full of fear that’s the type of interpretation you come up with.

          • Where are the calls for diversity in Empire or Atlanta?

      • Eat a dick you cuck.

        • What a colorfully juvenile reply. Does your mommy know you’re on the Internet unsupervised?

  4. i stopped playing halo when they made chief a nigger. niggers are lazy cowards and never hero warriors.

    • Stupid people like yourself shouldnt breathe. Please don’t procreate. Want to know who’s the real coward? You. Hiding behind your little monitor spreading hatred.

      • the facts on disgusting violent blacks exist beyond me, don’t blame the messenger,

        • Stop watching TV and thinking that is the world. It’s a gross over generalization.

          • you are in a dream world like the cosby show, you probably think oj is innocent. wake up shill.

          • Never said any of that. You can’t just make things up and say they are real. That’s not how reality works.

        • Ignorant trash like you have no concept of facts or reality.

          • hillary 2016 so she can disarm those niggers and half the murder date instantly. they are far to stupid and irresponsible to own guns.

      • Nobody likes nogs. Asians, latinos, arabs, persians, indians. Even Ghandi hated them.

        • No. You don’t like those groups of people. Not everyone. That type of thinking is in the minority. That type of generalization is just plain ignorance and bad parenting. It’s fine to feel proud of your race but to put yours over others based on generalizations is very close minded. I’m not here to change your mind. I couldn’t even if I wanted to. If you want to be ignorant. That’s your choice.

          • I don’t put mine over other races, I just put american niggers under every race, including non-retarded blacks.

  5. Harlem Hellfighters was a group of courageous African-Americans who never lost an inch of ground and not a man was ever captured. What the developers fail to mention is that the Harlem Hellfighters were forced to fight with the French because many American soldiers refused to fight alongside black soldiers. France, a nation who isn’ playable in the game, wath a shame

    • What a steaming pile of bullshit lies. They were an insignificant little group af men who did nothing extraordinary. Stop sucking marxist multi-culti cock.

      • Translation: History about the big bad black men doing super soldier shit makes you feel inadequate so to boost your ego and shrinking penis you attempt to diminish or trivialize they’re accomplishments.
        It’s called cognitive dissonance. It’s a common defense mechanism for bottom feeders.

        • LOL I bet you know everything about a shrinking penis and being a bottom feeder you snivelling little cuck. Cry some more about your insignificunt “super soldier shit” 😀

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