Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Monument to the North African Troops of the French Army

Located in Senlis, France, just north of Paris, near the closest German approach to the city in 1914, is this memorial to the service of the North African colonial units that played an important role in the defense of France during the war.

Two Monumental Equestrian Figures Top the Monument

Escorting a Column of German Prisoners During the Battle of the Marne

Departure Frieze  on the Base

Return Frieze on the Base

Photos from Tony Langley


  1. This monument appears to honor the North African Moroccan & Algerian (Arab) colonial troops as opposed to the Senegalese black African colonial troops. I wonder do the dates shown as 1332-1337 relate to the Muslim calendar?

  2. Nice. The splendid Moroccan Division memorial on Vimy Ridge is also worth mentioning. It marks the furthest point reached by the French Armies in the ferocious struggle to take the ridge.

    Doug, I think you are on the money about the dates.

  3. 'I wonder do the dates shown as 1332-1337 relate to the Muslim calendar?'

    Yes they certainly do.