Veterans of the kingdom of Dahomey’s “amazons”, aka N'Nonmiton - our mothers, c.1908 in Abomay, French West Africa.
Originally founded in the 17th century as a corp of elephant huntress, or gbeto, the Dahomey amazons were an all-female regiment reputed for its fierceness. It took the French Foreign Legion equipped with Lebel rifles to decisively beat them in combat, in 1892 during the second Franco-Dahomean war.