For the Return, Subscribe. 4th National Loan. Crédit Foncier d'Algérie et de Tunisie


This World War I poster, sponsored by the Crédit Foncier d'Algérie et de Tunisie, a financial institution serving Algeria and Tunisia, urges people to subscribe to the fourth national loan, issued by the French government in 1918. The poster shows a ship steaming into the beautiful harbor of Algiers, with Algerian women and children overlooking the harbor and as they await the return of their husbands, fathers, and brothers. The poster implies that victory in the war and the return of the men to Algeria will be hastened by the purchase of war bonds. France recruited soldiers from its overseas territories and colonies, and between 1914 and 1918, deployed 172,800 soldiers from Algeria and 60,000 soldiers from Tunisia to Europe. Initially, most colonial troops were volunteers, but as the war dragged on and casualties mounted, the French authorities increasingly relied on conscription to secure Arab and West African soldiers. Most men in the colonies had no desire to fight for France, and forced recruitment provoked severe resistance.

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Devambez, Paris


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Pour le retour, souscrivez. 4e Emprunt National. Crédit foncier d'Algérie et de Tunisie

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1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 79 x 114 centimeters



  1. Christian Koller, “The Recruitment of Colonial Troops in Africa and Asia and their Deployment in Europe during the First World War,” Immigrants & Minorities 26, numbers 1−2 (March−July 2008).

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