Jean-Christophe Notin, a historian, produced an extremely detailed work on the subject in 2002 ("La Campagne d'Italie - les Victoires Oubliées de la France"). A work dedicated to the 4th R.T.T., "Sidi Brahim des Neiges" by Paul Nicolas, has just been published. Meanwhile, specialist historical journals are now devoting more space to this subject than in the past.
Another cause of this renewed interest has been the media attention given to the participation of soldiers from the former French colonies in the fighting from 1943 to 1945. As a result, a new generation of French people have learnt of the long Italian campaign and the French victories that were part of it. Indeed, these had mostly been eclipsed in the collective memory by operation Overlord (the Normandy landings that began on 6 June 1944) in which the French participation was insignificant (177 Frenchmen took part in the Normandy landings, compared with the 115,000 soldiers of the French Expeditionary Corps in Italy).
Finally, at the cinema, the film "Indigènes" ["Days of Glory"] directed by Rachid Bouchareb (2006), has certainly helped to revive the memories of these French victories. "L'Ennemi Intime" ["Intimate Enemies"] (2007), a film by Florent Emilio Siri, looks at more hidden aspects of the battles of Monte Cassino and the fighting at Belvedere.
Having explained the purpose of this website, we call upon anyone who is interested, particularly the descendants of the French, Tunisian, Algerian and Moroccan soldiers who took part in the Italian campaign in 1944, to look in their private archives or otherwise revive the memories that they received from their parents or grandparents who took part in the campaign.