Tom W. Posted 21 December , 2011 Share Posted 21 December , 2011 Joe Lunn's Memoirs of the Maelstrom: A Senegalese Oral History of the First World War (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999) is unforgettable and unique. He interviewed elderly veterans or their children and describes the political and cultural aspects of colonial troops fighting for the country that oppressed them. Men who'd never seen two-story building were shipped to France and used as assault troops for the most dangerous missions, suffering a casualty rate twice that of white French soldiers. But Lunn doesn't have an axe to grind. He lets the facts speak for themselves and allows both sides to present their best arguments. The book contains maps, tables, photographs, and is extensively footnoted. It has an extremely comprehensive bibliography. A great companion book would be John W. Thomason, Jr.'s, Fix Bayonets! (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1919), a classic account of unrelenting combat by a U.S. Marine. His drawings of Senegalese troops are incredible. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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