Buffalo soldiers of WW1

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Buffalo soldiers of WW1

Post  wfrad on Mon 07 Jul 2014, 8:15 am

Here's a few illustrations from; Scott's official History The American Negro in the World War.
The first one I believe that they are been a little economical with the truth.
If you consider when the Americans went up to the line this trench must be expecting a visit from royalty.
Also the spotter is after some down time, courtesy of the German sniper.
The book's full of information regarding the problems of the 'Buffalo' soldiers and dispels the believe that they were only doing menial tasks rather than fighting on the line.
Another thing that jumps out is how many were only awarded the French Croix de Guerre rather than any of the higher awards. 
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Above — This is how the Western Front looked most of the time. The Germans kept
down in their trenches and the Allies in theirs, with barbed wire entanglements of No Man's
Land between them. Negro soldiers with machine guns.
Below — Another corner of the Fighting Front: American Negro Soldiers and French Colonials
firing rifle grenades.

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Above — Colonel Hayward's "Hell Fighters" in Parade. The famous 369th Infantry of colored
fighters marching in New York City in honor of their return to this country after having
covered themselves with glory on the blood-stained fields of France.
Below — The Buffaloes (367th) Marching up the Avenue in New York on Their Return.
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Above — How the boys enjoyed themselves in France. A group of Negro soldiers off duty
around a Y. M. C. A. tent at Villers le Sec (Meuse).
Below — A German tank destroyed by allied shell Are in a sector occupied by American Negro
Troops.
                     
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Above- American Negro Machine Gunners in the Marne Sector in France.
Below- In the trenches; a French Officer explaining operation of the hand grenades to Seneglese and American Negro soldiers.


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Above-Welcoming a Victorious Hero. Henry Johnson, the American Private who killed four
Germans and wounded twenty-two with his bolo knife, and was the First American of any
race to receive the Cruix de Guerre, being carried in triumph up Fifth Avenue on his return.
Below—Negro Stevedores of the National Army Unloading a Transport in the Harbor of Brest.

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