Best Wishes from Bône



I know, it can seem a bit controversial to post a picture of Algeria on a blog expressively dedicated about France, especially a picture from back when Algeria was a French colony. I by no means am implying anything with this postcards, and honestly, I wish that France had never colonized anybody.

However, history is history and I can’t rewrite it.

That being said, this postcard (a few more are coming) is more recent that the other ones as it was sent by my dad (to his parents) when he was stationed in Algeria, especially in Bône (nowadays Annaba) during the Algerian Independence War (for which he had the bad luck, like most men his generation, to be drafted).



About David Billa

David was born and raised in the French South West. After a few years in the US and a few more in Paris, he finally settled down in Japan. He blogs here about his various experiences and travels, with an emphasis on his home country, France.

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2 thoughts on “Best Wishes from Bône

  • Pomme C

    Oooh this is some real history. Very interesting. The concept of a draft is so unsettling to someone like me. Makes me so glad to live in this time & place.

    • David

      Draft is pretty despicable. The only good thing about it is that it turns entire nations against warmongering real quick. Sometimes I wish there was a draft in your southern neighbors, they wouldn’t be as ready as they always are to invade whatever country they feel like every five-ten years.