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Table of Contents Preface Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1: The Fate of Black French Soldiers in 1940 From the "Phony War" to the "Sickle Cut" The Battles on the Somme The Destruction of the 4th Colonial Infantry Division in the Oise Massacres in the Pursuit of French Forces After the Battles The Problems of Counting the Victims The Question of Authorization German Justifications Chapter 2: The Origin and Evolution of the Prejudice The Colonial Wars The Fear of Franc-tireurs The Debate on the Use of Black Troops in European Wars The Deployment of Tirailleurs Sénégalais in the First World War The "Black Horror" on the Rhine The Nazi Propaganda Offensive against France The Effects of Anti-Black Propaganda on the Army Chapter 3: Ideological and Situational Factors German Inconsistencies The Role of Nazi Ideology The Mutilation Charge Close Combat and Hedgehog Positions The Tenacity of Tirailleurs Sénégalais Unexpected Resistance Assessing Situational Factors versus Racial Prejudice Chapter 4: Implications The Third Reich and Black Africans The Nazification and Barbarization of the Wehrmacht The Responsibility of the French Military Leadership Memory Conclusions Map Table 1: List of Recorded Killings, May--June 1940 Sources Archival Sources Periodicals Published Primary Sources, Memoirs, Contemporary Works Secondary Sources
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- France.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German.
Blacks -- Nazi persecution -- France.
Prisoners of war -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Prisoners of war -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.