140 years ago: A fierce battle with local rebels in North Africa

In North Africa in late April 1882, in a borderland territory which separated Algeria from Morocco, a surveying expedition under the command of Captain de Castries was returning from survey work at the Chott Tigri depression. Escorted by two companies of the Legion, the column was attacked by more than 2,000 local insurgents. The escort, whose strength was no more than 350 men, was fighting one against six. At the end of the seven-hour battle, two officers and 49 legionnaires had been killed.

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1882 Battle of Chott Tigri

La version française de l’article pour les lecteurs français :
Combat du Chott Tigri de 1882

Battle of Chott Tigri - Algeria - 26 April 1882 - Foreign Regiment