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Interlude: Furlough in France I

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On his return to France in August 1896, Jules Nicolas Henri Gaden was on furlough in Bordeaux and then joined up with his regiment in Tarbes, where he was decorated with the colonial medal on 24th October 1896 for his participation in the expedition to the Soudan, 1894-1896. Henri Gouraud was in the Soudan over the same period as Gaden's Bandiagara tour of duty. The two men knew each other from Saint Cyr, and there is every likelihood that they came across each other in the Soudan, or at least heard of each other's movements. This connection and its resulting correspondence are important in that it highlights what has been left out of Gaden's letters to his father. He is virtually silent about any domestic arrangements, particularly relationships he might have had with local women. It is understandable for a son not to share this intimate information with his father.

Keywords: Bordeaux; France; Henri Gouraud; Jules Nicolas Henri Gaden; Soudan



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