Duffy's War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I (Google eBook)
The legendary "Fighting 69th" took part in five major engagements during World War I. It served in the front lines for almost 170 days, suffering hundreds killed and thousands wounded. This highly decorated unit was inspired by its chaplain, the famous Father Francis Duffy (whose statue stands in Times Square), and commanded by the future leader of the OSS (predecessor of the CIA), "Wild Bill" Donovan. One of its casualties was the poet Joyce Kilmer.
Due in large part to the classic 1940 movie The Fighting 69th, starring James Cagney and Pat O'Brien (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 Duffy's War brings to life the men's blue-collar neighborhoods--Irish mostly and Italian and overwhelmingly Catholic. These boys came from the East Side, the West Side, Hell's Kitchen, the Gashouse, and Five Points; from Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island City, and Staten Island; and from Father Duffy's 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, Duffy's 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.
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17 All You Want Now Is Guts and Bayonets
18 I Guess I Have Been Born to Be Hanged
19 We Sure Hated to See Him Get Killed
20 I Have Been Very Happy in Command of the Regiment
21 Not a Fight But a Promenade
22 Over the River a Thousand Yawning Dead
23 You Expected to Have the Pleasure of Burying Me
9 Not a Gloomy Man in Town
10 Most Pitiful and Unsightly Bunch of Men I Have Ever Seen
11 We Are All Volunteers in This War
12 In the Wood They Call the Rouge Bouquet
13 Quiet Sectors Are Not Necessarily Quiet
14 From a Canny Scot to a Bold Irishman
15 It Will Be a Happy Day
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