Friday, September 30, 2011

CYL: Zouaves- Swank and File

Trois Regiment des Zouaves, 1916. (The Zouave Archives)
Salut, mes amies!

Uniforms. Ladies love a man in them and a well-presented one can make anyone feel like a badass. Well today we're going to learn about some of the greatest BAMFS of them all, born in North Africa and then extolled the world over: The Zouaves. What started as a group of Amazigh mercenaries hired by the French turned into a global phenomena within a few decades because of guts, determination, and some damned snappy clothes. But first, we need to revisit a little history from a prior CYL article (it's almost like I'm planning this!).