Senegalese Tirailleurs (World War II)


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Senegalese Tirailleurs (World War II)



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Crossing the Chasm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Great first hand account from the Senegalese Tirailleurs themselves:

Colonial Soldiers in Europe, 1914-1945: “Aliens in Uniform” in Wartime Societies
edited by Eric Storm, Ali Al Tuma

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  1. "Your country needs you!" the posters ring out…but read the fine print…just until the last shot is fired…after which Generals get more medals and maimed and broken soldiers hobble back to a country that suddenly doesn't need them… doesn't want them… absolute betrayal. It happens the world over.

  2. Dishonor and Disgraceful. Soldier fight side by side of the same enemy and only to abandoned them because of racial differences.

    Whoever make that policy is indeed "DISHONORABLE AND DISGRACEFUL PERSON."

  3. it will be great of you take black colour to represent the tirailleurs please because they were blacks ; and they werent not just senegalese ; french west indies ; from cameroon ; mali morocco ; mauritania mauricius ; guinea ; congo ; djibouti all the french colony ; senegalese name is because french foks doesnt care about your country if you are black ;you are dark like a senegalese!!! So we black people liberate france against nazism ; but also against germany during the first world war ; for Indochina Vietnam too ; algeria ; many colonialists french war ;for napoleonian wars in egypt and against russia

  4. Most of the Tireliers of Africa and Senegal were Muslim…They protected the French lands being 100 percent loyal..Sacrificing theie lives for those who exploited and enslaved them for lotso years..But after all o these they were so mistreated that ur tears will instantly come out after hearing their sad stoeies..Now..In the modern days u say kickout the Muslims..But guv when ur grandas were struggling so hard,,,almost pinned out..They came for yar aid…Fighting side by side..Ask the Brits or the French vets..

  5. As a South African of Asian Indian decent. I applaud the French people and the military till this day for treating soldiers of colour with respect and honor, of course with some exceptions.

  6. My country used to be a colony of France. During world war 1, 45000 malagasy joined the army and 10000 were part of the 12th malagasy battalion. They carried important missions in Africa and even got rewarded by the french army. Despite that, the malagasy soldiers were still mistreated when they came back. Leading them to join an uprising in 1947 causing the death of 90000 malagasy. My mom told me that my grand father lost his uncle and his father during that uprising.