M1918 tunic 372nd Inf, Hand patch, 1st sgt, 2 OS stripes, French +US medals
Original WW1 US m1918 tunic dated march 1919. The tunic is overall good shape with few moth nips, hole, etc. The collar insignia looks French made screw back 372nd company B and US. The 1st sgt stripes, 2 bullion overseas strips, and red hand patch all looks sewn tighter with the same thread. This same thread also resewn or reinforced all the buttons on the tunic. This is how I got the tunic. I added the original ww1 medals and original ww1 fourragere. All show little wear but correct date and campaign bars for the 93rd Division. No ID anywhere but tunic came with the board ticket unmarked. The patches, insignia look right and seeing all the buttons reinforced I would think no forger would bother to do but a soldier would but there is always a first for anything.. The march 1919 date was about the time 372nd came back as any and all used wartime uniforms were replaced due to the lice, flu pandemic worries, etc that covered them in the trenches. No real providence other than is came from a longtime collector. Some history of the unit. The 372nd Infantry Regiment. Was an African American. Nominally a part of the 93rd Infantry Division (Colored). That served with the French Army. In World War I. The 372nd Infantry Regiment was composed of the First Separate Battalion of the District of Columbia organized by Charles Remond Douglass. The 9th Separate Battalion of Ohio; the First Separate Company of Maryland; Separate Company G of Tennessee; Company L, Sixth Infantry of Massachusetts; and the First Separate Company of Connecticut—all these being National Guard troops, and 250 drafted men from Camp Custer, Michigan, recruited mainly from Michigan and Wisconsin. The 372nd Regiment was seconded to the 157th Infantry Division. Of the French Army, called the Red Hand Division. Under the command of General Mariano Goybet. This division was in need of reinforcement. Scott’s Official History of the American Negro in the World War provides a chronological record of when the men were fighting with gallantry in the Champagne region of France for victory. Regiment embarked from Newport News, Virginia, March 30, 1918, for overseas duty on board U. Reached port at St. Nazaire, France, April 13, 1918. Landed April 14, 1918, and marched to rest camp. Left rest camp Base Section No. 1, France, April 21, 1918, and entrained for Vaubecourt. Arrived at Vaubecourt 7.00 P. Left Vaubecourt 8:30 P. (same day), and hiked in a very, heavy rain to Conde-en-Barrois, arriving there 2:00 A. Under special instructions with the 13th French Army Corps at Conde-en-Barrois from April 24, 1918, to May 25, 1918. Left Conde-en-Barrois 8:05 on the morning of May 28, 1918, in French motor trucks for Les Sennades, arriving at Les Sennades 1:30 P. “Regiment took sector “Argonne West May 29, 1918. In front line trenches May 31, 1918. Regimental Headquarters moved to La Neufour, June 9, 1918. Regiment changed sectors June 29-30, 1918, and took over the Vacquois Sector, a sub-sector of the Verdun. The 157th Division being a reserve division at this point where the enemy was expected to attack. Regimental Headquarters moved to Camp Chillaz June 20, 1918. “Regiment left Vacquois sector July 13, 1918, for “Hill 304 of the Verdun sector. Colonel Young relieved from command and Colonel Tupes assumed command at Locheres. Regimental Headquarters moved to Bois St. Pierre July 18, 1918, and moved again Sd. To Sivry La Perche. Regiment left Sivry La Perche where it had stopped awaiting orders to take over sector July 25, 1918. Arrived and took sector about 9:00 P. Severe shelling at Regimental P. Heavy shelling at Monzeville August 16, 1918, by a new regiment of Austrians which was opposing us, two American and one Frenchman wounded. A, 372nd Infantry, captured by German patrol August 20, 1918. Left Hill 304 September 8, 1918, being relieved by the 129th U. Infantry of the 33rd Illinois Division. Hiked in rain and mud to Bois de Brocourt, the trip being a long and disagreeable one. Left Bois de Brocourt September 12, 1918, for Souasems La Granges; the trip was a short one and the boys full of fun. Arrived at Souasems Sd. Left Souasems in motor trucks for Juzanvigny September 13, 1918, an all night trip, arriving at Juzanvigny 12:00 M. Left for Brienne Le Chateau 8:05 September 17, 1918, to entrain for Jussecourt. Napoleon attended school at Brienne Le Chateau. Arrived at Vitry La Francois 2:00 P. The city is a beautiful one and overlooks the battlefield “MARNE, ” the trip being in box cars. Left next morning for Jussecourt at 9:00 A. On the hardest hike to date and arrived at Jussecourt 8:00 P. Regiment left for Contault September 20, 1918, at 8:00 P. Arriving there at 12:30 A. Left Contault for Dommartin 9:00 P. Left for Camp Des Mangnieux 9:00 P. September 23, 1918, arriving at 12:30 P. Left for Hans September 24, 1918, arriving and joining the 9th French Army Corps at Hans Sd. Left Hans to take position in attack; the 3rd Battalion leaving September 26, 1918, the 1st September 27, 1918, and the 3rd September 28, 1918. Over the Top September 28, 1918, the 3rd Battalion started after the Boche. The first blow being delivered by the 2nd Moroccan Division of shock troops. The retreating Boches are still bombarding our position. Machine gun fire is thick and the 88s are falling like hail. On the morning of September 29, 1918, we are trying hard to keep up with the retreating enemy, which is retreating fast, unable to stand our assault. This afternoon it is raining which is unfortunate for our wounded, as there are many. Today is September 30, 1918, and we find that the 1st Battalion is on our right, and advancing fast in the rain and mud. Machine gun opposition is still stiff. Our casualties are small and we have captured a large number of prisoners. October 1, 1918, we are meeting with a stiff resistance from the enemy who has fortified himself in a hill during the past night. Owing to the bad condition of the ground we are not getting any support from the French artillery. October 2, 1918, we have driven the enemy out of Fountain-en-Dormois and are now in the village. Still we are giving the enemy no rest, they are retreating across the valley to one of their supply bases which has a railroad running into the same. The enemy is now burning the supplies which cannot be moved. October 3, 1918, we have advanced and captured the little village of Ardeuil and a considerable amount of war material. Our losses have been rather heavy during the past 24 hours, but we have inflicted a much heavier loss on the enemy. On our right the 1st Battalion has taken the village of Sechaut after some hard fighting by Company A. October 4, 1918, the 2nd Battalion is going in this morning, and we are resting at Vieox, which is about four kilometers from Monthois and is one of the enemy’s railroad centers and hospital bases. The enemy is busy destroying supplies and moving wounded. We can see trains moving out of Monthois. Our artillery is bombarding all roads and railroads in the vicinity. The enemies’ fire is fierce and we are expecting a counter-attack. October 5, 1918, the German artillery has opened up good and strong and we are on the alert. They attacked us and a stiff hand-to-hand combat ensued. Again he has been driven back, suffering an exceedingly heavy loss. We have taken many prisoners from about twelve different regiments. After resting a little, we continued our advance and are now on the outskirts of Monthois. October 6, 1918, the enemy is throwing a stiff barrage on our left where the 333rd French Infantry is attacking. The enemy is again being driven back. The liaison work of the 157th Division has been wonderful, not the slightest gap has been left open. October 7, 1918, our patrols entered Monthois early in the morning but were driven out by. Gun and its crew. We have just received word that we are to be relieved by the 76th Regiment, French, sometime during the night; we were relieved at 8:00 P. We hiked a very long distance over the ground. We fought so hard to take to Minnecourt where the regiment proceeded to reorganize. Regiment reached Somme Bionne Oct. Regiment left Somme Bionne Oct. 11, 1918 to entrain for Vignemont. Left Valmy 8:00 A. 12, 1918 and arrived at Vignemont Oct. Hiked 15 kilometers to St. Leonard and arrived Sd. Leonard for Ban de Laveline in the Dept. Of the Bosges Oct. 15, 1918, arrived at Laveline 10:15 P. November 7, 1918, 1 officer and 22 enlisted men captured by German patrol. 10, 1918, a patrol of Co. A, took several prisoners from a German patrol. French Croix de Guerre. November 11, 1918, everybody in the village of Laveline is happy over news of the abdication of the Kaiser and the signing of the armistice. Martial music is plentiful and the colors of the regiment are displayed from the P. The regiment left the 10th Army Corps Nov. 17, 1918 and hiked 45 kilometers to Granges, arrived at Granges the morning of Nov. Usual close order drill at this station preparing for overseas duty. Regiment left 157th Division Dec. 13, 1918, the Commanding General thereof was down to pay his respects to the regiment. January 1, 1919, regiment left for Le Mans (forwarding camp). The 92nd Division was assembled here and we met many of our old friends. Left Le Mans January 10, 1919 for Brest (embarkation port). Left Brest February 3, 1919 for Hoboken. (formerly the Vaterland owned by Germany). There was a 1st sgt john Johnson co B here is info on him but again no ID anywhere in the tunic. First Sergeant John A. Johnson was termed in his citation and award of the Croix de Guerre a heroic soldier. ” “Near Sechault, during the time the District men were making a big effort to capture the town, I was put in the front line not fifty feet away from the enemy, Johnson reports. A greater part of the time I was exposed to machine-gun fire. I suppose I got my medal just because I stuck with my men. Quite a few District boys were bumped off at this point. The official list of the Washington men of the First Separate Battalion of the District of Columbia who were decorated follows: First Sergeant John A. I offer 3 day inspection n period with all my items. The item “M1918 tunic 372nd Inf, Hand patch, 1st sgt, 2 OS stripes, French +US medals” is in sale since Saturday, December 31, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\1919-38\Original Period Items”. The seller is “jimmyz_thingz1870″ and is located in Stoughton, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.