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Ballyroan Library

Orchardstown Avenue

D14 VY33 Dublin 14

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In this talk, historian Cecelia Hartsell will explore the parallels between Irish Nationalists and African Americans in World War I.

The image above shows the 'Harlem Hellfighters', the nickname given to the 369th Infantry Regiment, which was the first African American regiment to serve with the US Army in World War One. Before the Regiment was formed, any African American that wanted to fight in the war had to enlist in the French or Canadian Armies. During WWI, the 369th spent 191 days in front line trenches, more than any other American unit. They also suffered the most losses of any American regiment with 1,500 casualties.

Theirs is just one of the stories which will be discussed by Cecelia Hartsell in what promises to be a fascinating talk.

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