Marine troops have a glorious history, dating back to ancient times when France , then at the helm of a large empire, had to station troops all over to defend it.
"Colo" soldiers later on fought with valour at various fronts, during the World Wars.
For a long time, the feats of arms of marsouins (marines) and bigors, infantrymen and artillerymen of the Colonial Army were composed into music and sung. In the spirit of decolonization, these detachments, which had become an army, have nowadays come to be known as "marine troops", their initially name, and have maintained their traditions and songs.
The musical arrangement proposed as an accompaniment to this page is Robert Bruce’s marche des volontaires (volunteers’ march).
On the Website of Troupes De Marine (marine troops) you will find many other songs, including "L'hymne des troupes de marine" (Marine Troops’ anthem), "Le fanion de la coloniale" (pennant of the Colonial Army), "Marie Dominique", or even "Je suis Marsouin" (I’m a marine).