The attractiveness of a career in the Goums or other regiments has often been explained as a result of different forms of social benefits which enhanced a "voluntary" recruitment.
In the case of Ou Hamou, he himself poses the question of why he joined the Goums.
In his book, La Longue Route des Tabors, Jacques Augarde states: "In the Goums we find shepherds, peasants, and a good proportion of thieves and bandits.
La Memoire Oubliee des Goums Marocains," Serie d'Alain de Sedouy et realisation de Ahmed el-Maanouni, 1992.
Quoted in Jean Saulay's Histoire des Goums Marocains, Paris: La Koumia, 1985, p.
Colonel Yves Jouin, "Le Camouflage des Goums Marocains pendant la Periode d'Armistice," Revue Historique de L'Armee, Vol.
Jean Saulay, Histoire des Goums Marocains, Paris: La Koumia, 1985, Vol.
Yves Salkin, Histoire des Goums Marocains, Paris: La Koumia, 1989, Vol.
Spillman, "Les Goums Mixtes Morocains," Revue Historique de l'Armee, Vol.
As a way of preparing for an eminent war with Germany, 91 new auxiliary Goums were created.
Their number increased from fourteen Goums to twenty-five by the end of World War I.
In this essay, I write about the way "Moroccan colonial soldiers," which might include Goums, Tirailleurs, and Spahis were represented in a colonial discourse which sought to appropriate them, and how they were excluded from a nationalist discourse which chose to silence them.