National Geographic : 1932 Mar
to Photograph byDr. Gilbert Grosvenor KHENIFRA WAS THE KEY TO FRENCH MOROCCO DURING THE TRYING DAYSOF THE WORLD WAR News of Europe's great conflict spread like wildfire among the Berber tribes, and a Holy War was declared todrive outtheFrench. Repeated attacks were made upon Khenifra, but all went well for the French until the garrison made a surprise sortieagainst thecamp oftheenemy Iomiles away. Returning, this force was practically annihilated by the fierce Zaian tribe, with a loss of 800 men. A revenging column defeated and dispersed thetribes, and thenceforth the French stayed within these walls until after the war. To-day, all is quiet at Khenifra;even theZaian have come into theFrench fold and are fighting battles for their new overlords (see, also, text, page 318).