Talk:French West Africa in World War II

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Not one source that i have seen calls the fighting in West Africa the "West African Campaign". I have checked the one source shown and the external links, i have also checked the British Official History for the fighting in Africa and no such title is mentioned. Others have also mentioned this on the WW2 task force talk page. This "campaign" appears to be compeltly fictitious (not am not calling the two battles fought fictitious but this title). A google search, factoring out wiki hits, shows mentions of the West African Campaign being in referance to WW1 only. I think this needs to be addressed.--EnigmaMcmxc (talk) 12:32, 11 September 2008 (UTC)


As noted above and at AfD, the title "West Africa Campaign" is a bit of a stretch. I propose renaming this article to Battles of French West Africa (World War II). Seeking comments and alternative titles.... SteveStrummer (talk) 22:47, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

Why not French West Africa in World War II? It can then be linked naturally with French West Africa#history and possibly expand to cover more than just the set piece battles. GraemeLeggett (talk) 19:27, 28 May 2012 (UTC)
I know its close to a year late, but I agree with these suggestions.EnigmaMcmxc (talk) 04:30, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was no consensus. --BDD (talk) 16:52, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

French West Africa in World War IIWest African Campaign (World War II) – Noting the reasons given in the discussion above, it still seems clear that the current title is completely inappropriate. There are, of course, numerous interesting and important things about that French West Africa did in World War II, but only one tangential aspect - the military campaign - is covered here. For the title to stay, I'd argue that it would need notes on the governance, military & economic contributions at very least - since none are present, it isn't just a case of expand. Relisted. BDD (talk) 21:53, 18 July 2013 (UTC) Brigade Piron (talk) 11:08, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

  • Oppose. None of the arguments above against this particular name have been answered. While the current name is not perfect, there seems to be no better one, and the current name is acceptable. If it were French West Africa during World War II I might agree that the scope didn't match the name, but it's not. Andrewa (talk) 14:46, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
I'm not quite sure I understand your argument. I cannot see the difference between FWA in WWII and during ("in" is the established form by the way, as per talk:Netherlands in World War II) that you refer to. I agree that the fighting in West Africa is within the scope of the article's current title, but is only one very small bit of it - it's rather like having "France in WWII" as just D-Day. Currently, the article deals with the fighting in quite a good way, but it would still be classed as a stub because it only covers a tiny part of the wider scope of the article.--Brigade Piron (talk) 08:51, 19 July 2013 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.