Tirailleurs Senegalais 

The tirailleurs sénégalais (Senegalese riflemen) figured
prominently among the many indigenous peoples who served in the French
army during the First World War. By 1918, France had recruited some
192,000 tirailleurs sénégalais throughout French West Africa, 134,000 of them fought in Europe.

Tirailleurs Senegalais 

The tirailleurs sénégalais (Senegalese riflemen) figured
prominently among the many indigenous peoples who served in the French
army during the First World War. By 1918, France had recruited some
192,000 tirailleurs sénégalais throughout French West Africa, 134,000 of them fought in Europe.

waldopeircegoestowar:

‘I never thought that I would
like to have
my coat stained with a black man’s
blood but if I could have eased that fine fellow one
jot of pain I would gladly have had my whole uniform wet with it’

1918,
American ambulance driver in France, impressed by the bravery of a wounded Senegalese
soldier suffering silently in his ambulance.  The Compensations of War. Photo:
this famous photo of wounded Senegalese soldiers was taken June 10 1918, in Monchy-Humières,
Oise, France
.