History Past and Present

Muslim Soldiers of France

In Rachid Bouchareb’s 2006 film Indigenes (meaning “natives”, but released to English-speaking audiences with the more conventional-war-film title Days of Glory), four Algerian men, Yassir, Said, Abdelkader and Messaoud, sign up to fight for the Free French after the defeat of the Axis in North Africa.  As they battle their way through military training at …