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I just finished the book The Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson on the Sicilian-Italian WW2 campaign. It reminded me of an interesting occurrence of mine in Esperia [ed. note: a town in the Italian province of Frosinone between Naples and Rome] in 1944 when a buddy of mine and I were approached by a young girl who told us her mother was being held prisoner by a French officer and would we see what we could do to help. Our field artillery battery was attached at that time to General Juin's French Expeditionary Force which had Moroccan Goumiers (*note 1 below) for the dangerous work as infantrymen. They were awesome and colorful with their striped blankets, horses and daily wine portions. But in May of 1944 after finally breaking out of Cassino, they became feral, wild, criminal and were committing rape, murder, burglary and their officers did little about it until large protests by Americans et.al forced General Juin to intercede. A number of them were hanged, imprisoned and deported and the general of my 13th Brigade was quoted by Rick Atkinson as protesting their crimes.
note 1: Fred did some research and included this information: "Goumier is a term used for Moroccan soldiers, who served in auxiliary units attached to the French Army, between 1908 and 1956. The term was also occasionally used to designate native soldiers in the French army of the French Sudan and Upper Volta during the colonial era. The word originated in the Maghrebi Arabic word qum (яс), which means "stand up". Later a goum was a unit of 200 soldiers. Three or four goums made up a tabor. An engine or groupe was composed of three tabors. Each goum was a mix of different tribes. Initially they were recruited predominantly from the Chaouia regions of Sidi Boubaker, Ouled Said, Settat, Kasbeth Ben Ahmed, Dar Bouazza, and Sidi Slimane."
note 2: The reference is to the 1960 film directed by Vittorio de Sica, starring Sophia Loren. Two Women is the English title. The original Italian title is La Ciociara, which means "The woman from Ciociaria," an area between Naples and Rome along the main Allied invasion route in WWII and an area in which civilian women were particularly subject to the savage behavior of Moroccan troops in the French army. The film was adapted from Alberto Moravia's 1958 book, la Ciociara.
(Photo credits: I have been unable to trace credit/copyright information for the record album graphic of the stylized Mt. Vesuvius/US flag. If anyone has accurate information, I would be happy to list the appropriate credit.)