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Hitler's African Victims
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  • Page extent: 220 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.4 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 940.54/7243/08996
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: D804.G3 S35 2006
  • LC Subject headings:
    • World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities--France
    • World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, German
    • Blacks--Nazi persecution--France
    • Prisoners of war--Germany--History--20th century
    • Prisoners of war--Africa, West--History--20th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521857994 | ISBN-10: 0521857996)

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  • Published April 2006

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Contents

List of Figures page vii
Preface ix
Abbreviations xiii
    Introduction 1
1   The Fate of Black French Soldiers in 1940 17
    From the “Phony War” to the “Sickle Cut” 17
    The Battles on the Somme 23
    The Destruction of the 4th Colonial Infantry Division in the Oise 28
    Massacres in the Pursuit of French Forces 33
    After the Battles 41
    The Problems of Counting the Victims 53
    The Question of Authorization 60
    German Justifications 67
2   The Origin and Evolution of the Prejudice 81
    The Colonial Wars 81
    The Fear of Franc-tireurs 85
    The Debate on the Use of Black Troops in European Wars 88
    The Deployment of Tirailleurs Sénégalais in the First World War 93
    The “Black Horror” on the Rhine 98
    The Nazi Propaganda Offensive against France 101
    The Effects of Antiblack Propaganda on the Army 112
3   Ideological and Situational Factors 118
    German Inconsistencies 118
    The Role of Nazi Ideology 121
    The Mutilation Charge 126
    Close Combat and Hedgehog Positions 131
    The Tenacity of Tirailleurs Sénégalais 134
    Unexpected Resistance 137
    Assessing Situational Factors versus Racial Prejudice 142
4   Implications 145
    The Third Reich and Black Africans 145
    The Nazification and Barbarization of the Wehrmacht 149
    The Responsibility of the French Military Leadership 157
    Memory 161
    Conclusion 165
Sources 167
    Archival Sources 167
    Periodicals 170
    Published Primary Sources, Memoirs, Contemporary Works 170
    Secondary Sources 175
Index 199

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