French Conquest of MADAGASCAR

Posso, R. Michael
October 2005
Military History;Oct2005, Vol. 22 Issue 7, p46
This article describes the invasion of Madagascar by the French government in 1895. The French moved out of Majunga at the end of April and advanced around the edge of the bay to the mouth of the Betsiboka. There they encountered the first serious Hova resistance, centered on the fortified town of Merovoay. The French assaulted the city on May 2, and the Hova levies, faced with superior firepower, including support from gunboats in the bay, almost immediately abandoned their positions and fled inland.


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