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Battlefield 1's African American lead is a WW1 Harlem Hellfighter

Battlefield 1 features an African American protagonist that's likely part of the Harlem Hellfighters division in World War I.

Published Fri, May 6 2016 12:14 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

DICE's new Battlefield game, Battlefield 1, takes place in World War I and features an African American protagonist. Now we've made a few connections that could tell the lead character's backstory.

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Battlefield 1's nameless hero is likely part of the Harlem Hellfighters, an American infantry division that saw extensive battle in World War I. In fact, the Harlem Hellfighters "spent more time in combat than any other American unit." Who better to serve as the focus for a chaotic alternate-history WW1 shooter?

We're able to make this connection because of the"Hellfighter DLC pack" that's listed on the leaked in-store promo poster. DICE is set to reveal key details about the game during today's livestream at 4PM, but Battlefield 1's release date has already leaked ahead of schedule.

After looking up the Harlem Hellfighters, I've found could be the basis for Battlefield 1's principal hero, a heroic soldier named Henry Lincoln Johnson. Johnson earned the nickname "Black Death" for his prowess in battle, and even managed to repel a German invasion while suffering from 21 separate wounds. Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt went so far as to call Johnson one of the "five bravest Americans" to serve in the war.

If that isn't a good basis for a hero, I don't know what is.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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