Men from Congo



This photograph shows the landing of colonial troops in the harbour of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Known as the Black Force by General Charles Mangin, French inspector general of colonial troops, these men were relied on by the French army in all the major battles of the war.


Le déséquilibre démographique en faveur de l’Allemagne en 1914 (40 millions de Français en regard des 80 millions d’Allemands) et les pertes subies par l’armée française dans les premiers mois de la guerre conduisirent à l’utilisation intensive des troupes coloniales.

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Men from Congo
13 June, 1917
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