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At the start of World War II, the French mobilized what was then the largest and reputed to be the strongest army in the world. However, the 5 million men proved unable to stop the German blitzkrieg 80 years ago. When the Battle of France ended on June 25, 1940, France was defeated, but a handful of its forces continued to fight under the leadership of General Charles de Gaulle.
Among the men who joined the cause to liberate France from the Nazis were the men of the Army of Africa, which was made up of troops from France’s African colonials….