Senegalese Rifleman (see in Wikipedia)
Coulma Cone (from Makota, Koroko, Sudan)
Under the classic lines of his helmet, reminding us of the Roman legions, his profile with prominent lips and flattened nose reveals a strange power. He really is symbolic, this black man, born of a wild tribe, serving in the great army of France, side by side with native Frenchmen, bearing the same arms, fighting for the same cause. And the Germans can mock and jeer loudly, proclaiming that it’s a fine spectacle to see civilisation defended by blacks. Fine spectacle indeed, but not in the way they meant. These African troops are nothing like the mercenaries whom one race subjugates to defend itself, or throws as a sacrifice to the enemy, they are faithful auxiliaries from far away, faithful in peacetime, and faithful unto death.