It looks like the soldiers Whites were aliens among Black / African soldiers. The latter observe and listen religiously to whites. It is as if the Whites were performing miracles in combat. It is as if they were shooting superhumanly, it is as if they were not dying; in the eyes of Blacks / Africans.
Nope ! CMany times on the battlefield, blacks / Africans are the bulwark of whites. Even if seriously injured, a Black / African soldier continues to fight. While a slight injury from the White makes him inactive and almost paralyzed. The Black / African brothers in arms are also men.