A Black Corps D'Elite
Richard Hill, Peter Hogg - A Black Corps D'Elite: An Egyptian Sudanese Conscr Battalion With the French Army in Mexico, 1863-1867, and Its Survivors in Subsequent African History
Michigan State University Press | 1995 | ISBN: 087013339X | English | 235 pages | PDF | 53.76 MB
Two great experts on the history of the Sudan coordinated a fine study of the only time a force of regular African troops were deployed to the New World. Taking place during the French intervention in Mexico, this is the story of a battalion of Sudanese infantry who fought against Juarez and his Mexican patriots.
Hill and Hogg start off with a look at the Sudan during the first half of the 19th century. Then part of an Egyptian empire, they explain why these soldiers would be sent to Mexico, and how this impacted on Egypt's foreign relations.
The work covers a wide range of topics, ranging from recruitment, training, deployment, and combat. Also nice is a look at how the surviviors played important roles in the failing Egyptian empire of the 1870s-80s. American, French, Egyptian, and Sudanese sources are employed.
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