War of the Algerian Independence [1954-1962]
Corps General Marcel Bigeard was one of the most popular and controversial French soldiers. He was celebrated as a hero by Dien Bien Phu, but at the same time he was suspected of being involved in the torture of prisoners.
This article focuses on the political side of the 1954-62 conflict in Algeria. It discusses the causes of the conflict and its course. I will discuss specific combat operations and tactics in a separate article devoted purely to this topic.