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Tirailleurs Senegalais 1917 by MercenaryGraphics Tirailleurs Senegalais 1917 by MercenaryGraphics
The tirailleurs sénégalais (Senegalese riflemen) figured prominently among the many indigenous peoples who served in the French army during the First World War. By 1918, France had recruited some 192,000 tirailleurs sénégalais throughout French West Africa, 134,000 of them fought in Europe.

Sent to the front in France from the first weeks of the war, the tirailleurs saw a great deal of combat. This was largely because French army commanders viewed West Africans as an elite fighting force.
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