In this Book
Due in large part to the classic 1940 movie The Fighting 69th, starring James Cagney and Pat OÆBrien (as Duffy), the unit still has strong name recognition. But until now, no one has recounted in detail the full story of this famous Irish outfit in World War I. The exciting DuffyÆs War brings to life the menÆs blue-collar neighborhoodsùIrish mostly and Italian and overwhelmingly Catholic. These boys came from the East Side, the West Side, HellÆs Kitchen, the Gashouse, and Five Points; from Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island City, and Staten Island; and from Father DuffyÆs own parish in the Bronx. They streamed out of the tenements and apartment houses, enlisting en masse. Brothers joined up, oftentimes three and four from one family.
Published during a resurgent interest in the doughboy experience of World War I, DuffyÆs War also tells the fascinating history of New York City and the Irish experience in America. With this book, Stephen L. Harris completes his outstanding trilogy on New York National Guard regiments in World War I.
Table of Contents
- 24. “We Looked Down from the Last Crest Above Sedan”
- pp. 361-372
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