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The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers(1967)

Also Known As: La battaglia di Algeri | Maarakat Alger |

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  • GazelleDZ (2007-05-27)

    Source: Yacef Saadi- Algeria: A Country Study William Quandt- US scholar

    Enter Your Contribution Here TCM incorrectly says of The Battle of Algiers (aka in French "La Bataille d'Alger") that the depicted battle is "Algiers against the French Foreign Legion". First, the Algerian battle for their independence-including this 'battle of Algeirs'-was fought by Algerians from all over the country (west, east, north & south)-not only the Algerois (those citizens residing in Algeiers). Secondly, it was the French military -NOT the French Foreign Legion-who so brutally attacked and tortured Algerians during this period. True, the Legion was in the country-particularly early on, before Algerians began their quest for independence-but were mostly stationed in the southern desert areas. To understand this period of Algeria's history, one must understand that, unlike other North African nations (Morocco, Tunisia) which the French occupied (as protectorates), Algeria was nade a "department" of France--in other words, France considered Algeria to be "France, South"; similar to Hawaii and Alaska being US territories prior to their statehoods. This for over 100 years, during which the indigenous Algerians had no rights to anything other than to be subjugated to the European colonists who usurped their property and government, and stripped them of their human rights and their dignity.