Duffy's War by Stephen L. Harris
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Duffy's War
By Stephen L. Harris

Duffy's War

Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I

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Duffy's War by Stephen L. Harris

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781574886528
ISBN-10: 1574886525
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Pages: 462
Imprint: Potomac Books Inc
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Stephen L. Harris

Stephen L. Harris is the author of Duty, Honor, Privilege: New York's Silk Stocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line (Brassey's, Inc., 2001) and Harlem's Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War I (Brassey's, Inc., 2003). He lives in Weybridge, Vermont.

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