Algeria: The Third Revolt

In the cool darkness before Sunday morning dawn, squads of paratroopers stealthily slipped through the streets of Algiers. One group ringed the ornate Moorish residence of France's delegate general in Algeria, Jean Morin, and unceremoniously took him prisoner in his bed. Also seized was Transport Minister Robert Buron, who happened to be visiting Algiers. Other paratroopers took prisoner the top military man in Algeria. General Fernand Gambiez, and occupied all the city's key buildings—post office, police and government offices. Shortly before 9 a.m., Radio Algiers announced the news to the stunned...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!