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COMPAGNIES MEHARISTES SAHARIENNES. NATIVE SOLDIER – 1941

73.00

Figure to assemble and paint
Ref.: 4– CT
Weight: 250 grs.
Material: Metal blanco
Number of Pieces: 18
Historical Review:

France created a corps of méhariste camel companies (Compagnies Méharistes Sahariennes), as part of the Armée d’Afrique, in the Sahara in 1902. These units replaced regular units of Algerian spahis and tirailleurs earlier used to patrol the desert boundaries. The newly raised Compagnies méharistes were originally recruited mainly from the Chaamba nomadic tribe and commanded by officers of the French Affaires Indigènes (Native Affairs Bureau). Each company of Méharistes comprised six officers, 36 French non-commissioned officers and troopers, and 300 Chaamba troopers. Their bases were at Tabelbala, Adrar, Ouargla, Fort Polignac and Tamanrasset.

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