Seventy years ago today marked the completion of the liberation of Corsica from the Axis by Free French Forces. As I have noted before, there was a substantial North African colonial presence in the Free French ranks. Corsica was liberated by the Free French I Army Corps. According to Wikipedia, this was its Order of Battle:
While British and American troops invaded mainland Italy in September 1943, the 1st Army Corps, comprising Headquarters, 4th Moroccan Mountain Division (4e DMM), the 1st Regiment of Moroccan Tirailleurs (1er RTM), the 4th Regiment of Moroccan Spahis (4e RSM) (light tank), the 2nd Group of Moroccan Tabors (2e GTM), the Commandos de Choc battalion and the 3rd Battalion, 69th Mountain Artillery Regiment (69e RAM), landed on the island of Corsica in the same month.A very heavy Moroccan participation, in other words. The French President and the Moroccan King are honoring several survivors of the Corsican operation with the Legion of Honor, though the France 24 says only about 2% of the Moroccan troops who fought in the war are still living.
A footnote about the word goumier, by which the Moroccan troops were known: France organized its colonial forces into goums (from Arabic qom قوم); a 200-;man body of troops; hence goumiers.