A native of Paris, France, Laurent Ditmann is an educator, military historian, cultural critic, and consultant with 35 years of hands-on experience in managing research projects for business and non-profit organizations; establishing and developing educational programs; advising organizations on cross-cultural issues; and working with government, academic, and business leaders. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Fontenay-Saint Cloud, holds a Maîtrise in American history from the University of Paris X at Nanterre, an MA in English literature from Portland State University (Oregon), and a Ph.D. in French studies from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island).
His first academic career took him to Spelman College in Atlanta, where he taught French from 1991 to 2000. His second academic career started when he joined the faculty of Georgia Perimeter College in 2016 in the capacity of assistant professor of French and was chosen the following year to serve as associate dean of the Arts & Humanities Division of Perimeter College, which he did for four years, followed by one year of service as Associate Dean for Global initiatives.
He returned to faculty in August of 2021 and currently teaches Humanities and History at the Clarkston Campus of Perimeter College of GSU.
I have for several years conducted research on a little-known Free-French unit that illustrated itself in the 1943 Tunisian campaign. The Corps Franc d'Afrique was a motley, battalion-size unit composed of outcasts, renegade Legionnaires, and amateurs who did not find a place in the nascent French army of North Africa. Finally attached to the 9th US Infantry Division, it participated in the capture of Bizerta and was finally dissolved, its soldiers and officers later joining the Free French Forces that participated in the Italian campaign and later in Operation Dragon.
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