Raffael Scheck, the Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, was interviewed for BBC Newsday on Aug. 15, which marked the 75th anniversary of Operation Dragoon, an event that “paved the way for the Allied invasion of southern France during World War Two.” In the four-minute interview, Scheck told the BBC that the “units landing in August 1944 were mostly from North Africa and also from the west and central African colonies of France.” Scheck, an expert on French Black African soldiers in World War II, said they black soldiers “took part in the liberation of the key ports of Toulon and Marseille.”


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