ALGERIA: Desert Encounter

In the long struggle with Algerian rebellion, the French have always felt confident of the loyalty of the Shamba tribesmen who make up the bulk of France's elite Saharan Camel Corps. The Shamba, each of whom owns and cares for his own camels (two for riding, one for supplies), earned high honors during World War II for their support of General Leclerc in his march across Africa.

Last week a routine French patrol set out from Timimoun to check on a company located some 30 miles to the northeast. When they got to the...

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