THE WORLD OF MILITARY UNIFORMS
1660-1914
THE FRENCH ARMY OF AFRICA
1831-1914
By Lucien Rousselot
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The Algerian Tirailleurs (Tirailleurs Algerien)

The difficulties of French troops and native Algerian troops serving side by side caused numerous problems in the Zouaves. So in 1840 the Algerian Tirailleurs were formed of Native troops with mostly French officers. The original uniforms had green tunics and red trousers. This uniform was replaced with the more familiar sky-blue uniform in about 1846 or 1847. They served in the Crimea and again in the Franco-Prussian War and again in World War I where they were greatly feared by the Germans. 
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