One Hundred (100) Years Ago

WW1, fighting for you? Why?

30 years later my grandfather died of his injuries inflicted in WW2. He passed 1950.

Leaving my father without a father. Leaving my grandmother without a husband and leaving me and my little sister without a grandfather.

20 years before I came into this World.

It is history, it is my history. Have you seen the graveyards? Have you seen the endless rows of tombs manifesting lost lives in Evropa? The consequences of war?

They were fighting your War? Dying doing so. Why did they do that?

“Les Tirailleurs Sénégalais”, fighting fiercely till the bitter end on the muddy, cold battlefields of Evropa.

– Mon père étais Sénégalaise.

– Ah, un vrais Sénégalaise?

– Oui.

Immense fierté. Immense pride.


Ref: Les troupes coloniales
Paul CASTELNAU, Quatre militaires sénégalais à Saint-Ulrich (Haut-Rhin), 16 juin 1917. © Ministère de la Culture – médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, dist. RMN – Grand Palais / Paul Castelnau