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Sun Nov 11, 2018, 12:49 PM

4. The Black soldiers from the US Army fought under French command during WWI

The all-black 93rd division, a rag-tag outfit that was initially issued Civil War uniforms, were assigned to French command by General John Pershing during WWI. The French desperately needed fresh troops and Pershing was able to satisfy France's needs by getting rid of his own problem - black soldiers. The 93d Division turned in their American equipment and were issued French rifles, bayonets, helmets, packs, and other equipment of the French soldier. They were then organized, trained, and commanded as a French unit, the first unit in US history to serve under foreign command.

The 93nd division fought as part of the French army, where, ironically, it found acceptance, respect, and glory, eventually winning the Croix de Guerre, only to return to America and find Jim Crow laws alive and well.



The 93nd Division was the only 'colored' unit to serve in the Pacific Theater of Operation during the Second World War. The unit patch of the 93rd Division during WWII was a blue Casque Adrien helmet (French Army helmet) honoring its four Regiments that served under French command during WW I.

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