Three members of the Free French foreign legion who distinguished themselves in the battle at Bir Hacheim in the Western desert. They are from Senegal, Equatorial Africa, and Madagascar, respectively. Office of War Information Photo.
Bir Hakeim: the Free French were a mix of Foreign Legion, survivors of the Battle of France, soldiers from the Colonies and far fetched parts of France, like Tahiti. Soldiers, sailors, artillery, all arms.
Italian Bersaglieri (light infantry marksmen) man a German Solothurn 20 mm anti-tank rifle during the First Battle of El Alamein. The First Battle of El Alamein July 1942 to 27 July was a battle of the Western Desert Campaign.
French and British troops after the Bir Hakeim battle. This battle was crucial for the Northern African theatre. A small number of French troops men) under the command of the general Koenig managed to slow down Italian and German armies