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Redhand Division


I would like share what troops were actually apart of the Red Hand Division.Many think that all four regiments of the 93rd(Privisional)Division were Redhand.Only the 371st(Draftees)and the 372nd(National Guard) served as part of the the French 157th Redhand Division.And are also the only troops authorized to were the Redhand shoulder patch.The troops wore the Divisional insignia of the French Division attached to.The 369th were apart of the French 161st Div.Under Gen.Henry Goraud.They wore a Rattlesnake patch.The 370th(Old 8th Illinois) wore a black devil with pitchfork(Since they were nicknamed such by the Germans)and were apart of the French 59th Division under Gen.Vincendedon.Not sure of thier Divisional insignia but the black devil according to current research was a 370th idea.

Post Armistice all four regiments were authorized to wear the French Helmet patch to symbolize all four regiments French service.Since each two regiments served as a part of different French Divisions.Divisional shoulder patches were not yet authorized in the US forces until post Armitice 1918.But the Blacks serving under French Command wore them while under French command.

For further reading on the 371st and 372nd ,please see the following:

With The RedHand Division
By L.Albert Scipio
Roman Publications
Copyright 1985

The American Negro With The RedHand of France
By Munroe Mason and Arthur Furr
Cornhill Publishing
Copyright 1921

History of the American Negro in the Great World War
By Allison Sweeney
Copyright 1919

Scott's Official History of the American Negro in the World War
By Emmett J.Scott
Copyright 1919

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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