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Colored Troops
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Colored Troops

German war propaganda described the nonwhite colonial troops employed by the Entente Powers in the First World War in general terms as “colored auxiliaries.” The very use of such units in Europe caused a considerable sensation. All in all, some 485,000 nonwhite soldiers from the French colonies and 160,000 from the British colonies fought in the ranks of the Entente Powers in the European theater. Important contingents came from Algeria (173,000), India (153,000), French West Africa…

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Koller, Christian, “Colored Troops”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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