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Title:'Morts pour la France': The African Soldier in France during the Second World War
Author:Echenberg, Myron J.
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic terms:French-speaking Africa
West Africa
Subjects:black soldiers
World War II
Military, Defense and Arms
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181655
Abstract:This article focuses on a surprisingly obscure episode in the Second World War - the experience in France itself of African combatants. The involvement of African combatants in France from 1939 to 1945 probably surpassed the large mobilization of an earlier generation during the First World War. Africans paid a heavy price in lives and suffering as soldiers during the Battle of France and as prisoners of the Germans. Liberation brought a new set of tribulations, including discriminatory treatment from French authorities. These hardships culminated in a wave of African soldiers' protests in 1944-5, mainly in France, but including the most serious rising, the so-called mutiny at Thiaroye, outside Dakar, where thirty-five African soldiers were killed. - Notes, sum.