Military brothels in French West Africa

A dialog on nuafrica list, March, 1996.

Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 11:06:25 -0500 (EST)
From: Lisa Ann Lindsay <>
Subject: military brothels in French West Africa

Hello Nuafricanists,

I recently ran across a reference to "Bordels Militaires de Campagne," which were said to have been set up to service the French military establishment in West Africa. The brief mention of it was in an article by Anthony Clayton in Baker and Mangan's collection on Sports in Africa. There's no further reference listed there, and I'm wondering if anyone out there knows more about this. Do you know where I can read more?

Thanks, Lisa Lindsay

Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 10:59:35 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: military brothels in French West Africa


regarding brothels:

Further reference to the BMC can be found in Clayton's _France, Soldier, and Africa_ (London, 1988?). If I remember correctly, the BMC were established in the North African colonies, and later adopted elsewhere (like much of military policy, initiative came from the Armee d'Afrique).

When you say "the French military establishment," do you mean officers (mostly European), NCOs, or enlisted men?

Hope that helps--

Gregory Mann
History dept.
Northwestern U.

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