I'm not sure how else the simple facts of this particular aspect can be presented other than with darkness.Jesus, this has been a pretty depressing series but that's the darkest of the lot. Very well written but not great for my faith in humanity.
You'll note the equipment is French. There's a reason for that. The Hellfighters had been raised as a volunteer unit by a mixture of African-American community leaders and white philanthropists who felt the African Americans were just as worthy and could prove themselves by serving. They ran immediately into problems: the administration of Wilson did not want them, the Army of Pershing did not want them, etc. After intense lobbying and accepting that all officers would be white, some units were raised, I think four regiments out of New York. They were sent to train in South Carolina. You might imagine how well THAT went down. They suffered constant harassment. The conditions were miserable.The New York National Guard's 369th Regiment, 93rd Infantry Division, also known as the "Harlem Hellfighters", stand ready in trenches near Maffrecourt in the Argonne Region, France, May 04, 1918.