WW2 postcard ‘Black Devils’ The Spearhead

Rare postcard with image of Black Devil. Text ‘F.S.S.F’ (First Special Service Force), ‘Black Devils’, USA CANADA’ and ‘THE SPEARHEAD’.

Designed by Bob Carb.



On back is information on a member of the 1st SS Force:



Roy T Walker 35454221


Maint. Co. 1st S.S. Force


APO 4994 US Army


1st Ranger Btn


Lexington Kentucky



Online records show that he lived in Fatette County Kentucky, was born in 1922 and enlisted in 1942 in Cincinnati Ohio. He was single, had 2 years of high school, and was a ‘Semiskilled chauffeur and driver, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor’.

Card has a heavy horizontal crease at the bottom and a small tear.


The 1st Special Service Force (also called The Devil's Brigade, The Black Devils, The Black Devils' Brigade, and Freddie's Freighters), was an elite American-Canadian commando unit in World War II, under command of the United States Fifth Army. The unit was organized in 1942 and trained at Fort William Henry Harrison near Helena, Montana in the United States. It fought in the Aleutian Islands, Italy, and southern France before being disbanded in December 1944.



The modern American and Canadian special operations forces trace their heritage to this unit. In 2013, the United States Congress passed a bill to award the 1st Special Service Force the Congressional Gold Medal.