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Interlude: Furlough in France II

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Jules Nicolas Henri Gaden's feelings of affection for Captain Voulet, his one-time companion from Bandiagara, were destroyed once he learnt of the full extent of the atrocities that had been committed. While other officers were known to have committed excesses in their campaigns, 'effervescences' as Gaden referred to them, the scale and the sustained brutality of this mission seemed to shock him. Gaden's second tour of duty in West Africa attracted mixed reviews from his superior officers. The Commandant of the South Region in 1898, Lieutenant-Colonel Bertin did not report well on Gaden's early accomplishments. After the Samory campaign, Gaden spent around 14 months in France from August 1899 to October 1900. During his period of furlough, he visited his friend Flye-Sainte-Marie's family in Brittany, and made plans to visit him in Tunisia. By the end of December 1899, Gaden and Henri Gouraud were exchanging letters planning their next postings.

Keywords: Captain Voulet; France; furlough; Henri Gouraud; Jules Nicolas Henri Gaden; Samory campaign; West Africa



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