The Army football team has unveiled its incredible alternate uniforms for this year’s annual meeting with the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday, December 8 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The all-black look will honor the 100th anniversary of the Army’s First Infantry Division.
The First Infantry Division was the first permanent division in the Army, first division to fight in the first World War, and the first to use modern, combined arms operations.
From the official press release:
President Woodrow Wilson promised the Allies he would send “a division” to France immediately, but the Army had no such divisions. The United States quickly ordered four infantry and three artillery regiments from the Mexican border in Texas to Hoboken, N.J., to board transports to France. That group of seven regiments joined together to officially form the “1st Expeditionary Division,” later the 1st Infantry Division, under Brigadier General William L. Sibert on June 12, 1917. With more than 28,000 men, the “Big Red One,” as the division was later nicknamed from its shoulder sleeve insignia, was twice the size of either the allied or German divisions on the Western Front.
The helmets feature a red “1” decal that is reminiscent of the original helmets worn by the division. The division also earned the nickname “The Black Lions of Cantigny” after attacking the Germans. The special uniforms will feature the coat of arms on the sleeve.
The uniforms were unveiled in an incredible video.
Additional photos of the special uniforms can be seen below, via Army Athletics.
Kickoff between the Black Knights and Midshipmen is set for 3:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
And in case you were wondering, here is what the Navy football team will be wearing when they take the field for the annual clash in Philadelphia.