Days of Glory
by Rachid Bouchareb
1944-1945... The liberation of Italy, Provence, the Alps, the Rhone Valley, the Vosges and Alsace marked vital stages in the Allied victory... And in the place that France was able to take among the Allies following the Armistice. This victorious and bloody march on Germany was carried out by the 1st French Army, recruited in Africa to sidestep the German occupiers and the officials of the Vichy regime: 200,000 men, including 130,000 "natives" comprising 110,000 North Africans and 20,000 Black Africans... The rest of the force was made up of French North Africans, for two-thirds, and of young Frenchmen who had fled the Occupation.