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Posts tagged "Tirailleurs"


Colonial troops with officer serving in the Free French Forces in the Libyan desert, 1942, around the time of the Battle of Bir Hakeim.

(An article at the French Ministry of Defense mentions that soldiers from the French colony of Ubangi-Shari served in the battle. Ubangi-Shari is more known today as the Central African Republic.)

(Ministère de la Défense)


An African colonial soldier leads the charge in a French propaganda poster from the First World War.

(George C. Marshall Foundation)

This honestly just looks like a white man in black face, which once again goes  to show just what the French thought of the Tirailleurs they used and severely maltreated during this time.

(via humanoidhistory)

FILM SPOTLIGHT: Indigènes (Days of Glory) 

A scene from the 2006 French filmIndigènes, directed by Rachid Bouchareb, that highlights the racist policies and the discriminatory treatment of North Africans by the French during its colonial occupation in Africa. 

The film is centered around a group of Berber Algerian Tirailleurs - men recruited to fight in the French First Army of the Free French Forces, formed to liberate France of Nazi occupation during World War II - all fighting for different reasons, as they risk their lives defending a country that sees them as less than equal.

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