- The US Military Academy at West Point is honoring a famed Army unit with its specially-designed Army-Navy football uniforms.
- Army will face off against the Naval Academy Midshipmen on Saturday for the 119th iteration of the Army-Navy game.
- This year’s uniform honors Army’s First Division, the „Big Red One,“ which gained fame for helping assure an Allied victory during World War I.
- Some of the units within the division went on to storm Omaha Beach in Normandy during World War II.
Army West Point Athletics has unveiled the uniforms for this year’s Army-Navy football game. The team has collaborated with the academy’s history department in recent years to create uniforms that honor individual units and their historic accomplishments.
This year’s uniform is a tribute to the Army’s First Division, known as the „Big Red One,“ which was formed and sent to the western front during World War I. Its units fought in many decisive American victories, including the Battle of Cantigny and the Meuse-Argonne offensive, that ensured an Allied victory.
The „Big Red One“ is prominently featured on the uniforms, including the players‘ helmets.
Army West Point Athletics‘ web page for the uniforms describes the storied history of the „Big Red One“ patch worn by members of the division.
The back of the helmets feature a World War I era-appropriate American flag.
The sleeves of the uniforms honor the „Black Lions of Cantigny.“
In the first decisive US-led victory of World War I, the Army’s 28th infantry regiment took the French village of Cantigny from the Germans in a mere 45 minutes.
The unit defended against numerous counter-attacks over the course of two days, but held fast to their victory.
The black lion is also featured on the players‘ compression shirts.
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