“On Patrol in No Man's Land”
The newly designated 369th Infantry Regiment was intensely involved in the training required to integrate the American unit into the French Army. James Reese Europe wrote to Eubie Blake that he was aware that the music business was slow. Vernon Castle had also been killed in an airplane accident on February 15. Lieutenant Europe was the first African-American officer to lead troops into combat in the Great War. He wrote the song, “On Patrol in No Man's Land”. Over one million American soldiers, black and white, took part in the campaign to drive the German Army from the Meuse-Argonne area north of Verdun, territory that the Germans had held for four years and which, particularly in the Argonne Forest, was extremely well-fortified.
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