Forgotten Soldiers. African troops and the Liberation of France in the Second World War



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Forgotten Soldiers. African troops and the Liberation of France in the Second World War

 

Tony Chafer , University of Portsmouth.

In November 2001 African war veterans who had fought for France, the so-called 'tirailleurs sénégalais',1 received a rare piece of good news: former soldier Amadou Diop had won an important legal victory. His appeal to France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, challenging the freezing of African war veterans' pensions at their 1959 level, had been successful. The court ruled that the French government should pay him the same pension as French soldiers would have earned and that Diop should also be paid arrears for the whole period during which he had been underpaid. Finally, it seemed that colonial war veterans would be better compensated for defending France.





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