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The French War Cemetery is very beautiful. Not far from the American Cemetery, they were built in the same period, the story is more or less the same and they have the same purpose, but I found them quite different. While Americans ?created? in the middle of nowhere a wonderful landscape to ?contain? their cemetery (when you are there everything is so perfect and so different . . . you have the feeling that you are not in Tunisia), the French cemetery forms part of the landscape itself and the tombs (simple and only decorated with a white cross and a green helmet) are elegantly spread on the slopes of the hill and facing the turquoise sea.
I think it?s a matter of culture.
Since March 1940, 340000 soldiers from all North Africa took part of l? Armée d?Afrique in the French campaign. By the end of the hostilities l?Armée d?Afrique was reduced to 120000 men: French Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians all muddled up. The Tunisian campaign started on 19th November 1942 with the battle of Medjez El Bab and finished on 13th may 1943 with the capitulation of the Axe forces in Africa.
Important: anyone can tell me which is the difference between the inscription ?mort pour la France le?? and the inscription ?décédé le?? ??.
Updates: again JL resolved my questions about Tunisia (well in this case about France too). Thanks JL!!!
"Mort pour la France" is an official title that gives a few advantages to the family (wife, children) and awarded to (to make a long story short) those that were killed at fight.
Mort pour la France
Those that are not awarded that title might have been killed for example in road accidents, not on the front line. Or by illness, not on the front line, etc. I have read that death of soldiers in road accident was a very frequent thing.
Directions: Tunis city, banlieue Nord
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