Only in recent years have historians rediscovered the critical role that French colonial troops played in the twentieth century's two world wars. What is perhaps still deeply under-appreciated is how much General de Gaulle's Free France drew its strength from 1940 to the middle of 1943 from fighting men, resources, and operations in French Equatorial Africa rather than London. Territorially, Free France spanned from the Libyan border with Chad down to the Congo River, and to the scattered tiny French territories of the South Pacific and India. Eric T. Jennings tells the story of an improbable French military and institutional rebirth through Central Africa and gives a unique, deep look at the key role Free French Africa played during World War II to help the Allied cause.
Julie Clarini Source: Le Monde
Alice L. Conklin - Ohio State University
Frederick Cooper - author of Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945–1960
Gregory Mann - Columbia University, New York
Robert O. Paxton - Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, Columbia University
Dana Bronson Source: African Studies Quarterly
Myron Echenberg Source: Canadian Journal of History
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