Battle of Madagascar

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Battle of Madagascar
Part of the Indian Ocean theatre of World War II
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King's African Rifles' 25 pdr battery in action near Ambositra in Madagascar against Vichy positions during Operation Steam Line Jane, September 1942.
Date5 May – 6 November 1942 (1942-05-05 1942-11-06)
Location 12°16′S49°17′E / 12.267°S 49.283°E / -12.267; 49.283
Result Allied victory
Free French administration established in Madagascar

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom

Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (naval)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands (naval)
Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Poland (naval)

Flag of France (1794-1958).svg  France

Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg  Japan (naval)
Commanders and leaders
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Sturges
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Edward Syfret
Flag of France (1794-1958).svg Armand Annet
Naval ensign of the Empire of Japan.svg Ishizaki Noboru
10,000–15,000 soldiers
6 infantry tanks
6 light tanks
2 aircraft carriers
1 seaplane carrier
2 battleships
6 light cruisers
22 destroyers
8 corvettes
1 monitor
1 minelayer
4 minesweepers
5 assault transports
Vichy France:
8,000 soldiers [1]
6 tanks
35 aircraft [2]
4 warships [3]
Japanese Navy
2 soldiers
4 submarines
2 midget submarines
Casualties and losses

107 killed
280 wounded
108 died from disease [2]
1 battleship heavily damaged
1 oil tanker sunk


152 killed
500 wounded
(does not include any casualties caused by disease) [2]
1,000 captured [4]
1 midget submarine destroyed
1 midget submarine lost at sea
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Location of Diego-Suarez Bay

The Battle of Madagascar was the British campaign to capture the Vichy French-controlled island Madagascar during World War II. The seizure of the island by the British was to deny Madagascar's ports to the Imperial Japanese Navy and to prevent the loss or impairment of the Allied shipping routes to India, Australia and Southeast Asia. It began with Operation Ironclad, the seizure of the port of Diego-Suarez (now Antsiranana) near the northern tip of the island, on 5 May 1942. [1] [5]

A subsequent campaign to secure the entire island, Operation Stream Line Jane, was opened on 10 September. The Allies broke into the interior linking up with forces on the coast and secured the island by the end of October. Fighting ceased and an armistice was granted on 6 November. [6] This was the first large-scale operation by the Allies of World War II combining sea, land and air forces. [7] [8]



Diego-Suarez is a large bay with a fine harbour near the northern tip of the island of Madagascar and has an opening to the east through a narrow channel called Oronjia Pass. The naval base of Diego-Suarez lies on a peninsula between two of the four small bays enclosed within Diego-Suarez Bay. Diego-Suarez Bay cuts deeply into the northern tip of Madagascar (Cape Amber), almost severing it from the rest of the island. [9] :133 In the 1880s, the bay was coveted by France, which claimed it as a coaling station for steamships travelling to French possessions farther east. The colonization was formalized after the first Franco-Hova War when Queen Ranavalona III signed a treaty on 17 December 1885 giving France a protectorate over the bay and surrounding territory, as well as the islands of Nosy Be and St. Marie de Madagascar. The colony's administration was subsumed into that of French Madagascar in 1897. [10]

In 1941, Diego-Suarez town, the bay and the channel were well protected by naval shore batteries. [9] :133


Following the Japanese conquest of Southeast Asia east of Burma by the end of February 1942, submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy were moving freely throughout the north and eastern expanses of the Indian Ocean. In March 1942, Japanese aircraft carriers conducted the Indian Ocean raid upon shipping in the Bay of Bengal and bases in Colombo and Trincomalee in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). This raid drove the British Eastern Fleet out of the area and they were forced to relocate to a new base at Kilindini, near Mombasa, in Kenya.

The move made the British fleet more vulnerable to attack. The possibility of Japanese naval forces using forward bases in Madagascar had to be addressed. The potential use of these facilities particularly threatened Allied merchant shipping, the supply route to the British Eighth Army and also the Eastern Fleet.

Japanese submarines had the longest range of any Axis forces' subs at the time – more than 10,000 miles (16,000 km) in some cases,[ citation needed ] but being challenged by the United States Navy's then-relatively new Gato-class fleet submarines' 11,000 nautical mile s (20,000 km) top range figures. If the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarines were able to utilise bases on Madagascar, Allied lines of communication would be affected across a region stretching from the Pacific and Australia, to the Middle East and as far as the South Atlantic.

On 17 December 1941, Vice Admiral Fricke, Chief of Staff of Germany's Maritime Warfare Command (Seekriegsleitung), met Vice Admiral Naokuni Nomura, the Japanese Naval Attaché, in Berlin to discuss the delimitation of respective operational areas between the German Kriegsmarine and Imperial Japanese Navy forces. At another meeting on 27 March 1942, Fricke stressed the importance of the Indian Ocean to the Axis powers and expressed the desire that the Japanese begin operations against the northern Indian Ocean sea routes. Fricke further emphasized that Ceylon, the Seychelles, and Madagascar should have a higher priority for the Axis navies than operations against Australia. [9] :116 By 8 April, the Japanese announced to Fricke that they intended to commit four or five submarines and two auxiliary cruisers for operations in the western Indian Ocean between Aden and the Cape of Good Hope, but they refused to disclose their plans for operations against Madagascar and Ceylon, only reiterating their commitment to operations in the area. [9] :117


The Allies had heard the rumours of Japanese plans for the Indian Ocean and on 27 November 1941, the British Chiefs of Staff discussed the possibility that the Vichy government might cede the whole of Madagascar to Japan, or alternatively permit the Japanese Navy to establish bases on the island. British naval advisors urged the occupation of the island as a precautionary measure. [9] :131 On 16 December, General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French in London, sent a letter to the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, in which he also urged a Free French operation against Madagascar. [11] :223 Churchill recognised the risk of a Japanese-controlled Madagascar to Indian Ocean shipping, particularly to the important sea route to India and Ceylon, and considered the port of Diego-Suarez as the strategic key to Japanese influence in the Indian Ocean. However, he also made it clear to planners that he did not feel Britain had the resources to mount such an operation and, following experience in the Battle of Dakar in September 1940, did not want a joint operation launched by British and Free French forces to secure the island. [11] :223

By 12 March 1942, Churchill had been convinced of the importance of such an operation and the decision was reached that the planning of the invasion of Madagascar would begin in earnest. It was agreed that the Free French would be explicitly excluded from the operation. As a preliminary battle outline, Churchill gave the following guidelines to the planners [11] :225 and the operation was designated Operation Bonus: [11] :225

On 14 March, Force 121 was constituted under the command of Major-General Robert Sturges of the Royal Marines with Rear-Admiral Edward Syfret being placed in command of naval Force H and the supporting sea force. [9] :132

Allied preparations

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Map of the assault

Force 121 left the Clyde in Scotland on 23 March and joined with South African-born Syfret's ships at Freetown in Sierra Leone, proceeding from there in two convoys to their assembly point at Durban on the South African east coast. Here they were joined by the 13th Brigade Group of the 5th Division – General Sturges' force consisting of three infantry brigades, while Syfret's squadron consisted of the flag battleship HMS Ramillies, the aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious and HMS Indomitable, the cruisers HMS Hermione and HMS Devonshire, eleven destroyers, six minesweepers, six corvettes and auxiliaries. It was a formidable force to bring against the 8,000 men (mostly Malagasy) at Diego-Suarez, but the chiefs of staff were adamant that the operation was to succeed, preferably without any fighting. [9] :132

This was to be the first British amphibious assault since the disastrous landings in the Dardanelles twenty-seven years before. [11] :230

During the assembly in Durban, Field-Marshal Jan Smuts pointed out that the mere seizure of Diego-Suarez would be no guarantee against continuing Japanese aggression and urged that the ports of Majunga and Tamatave be occupied as well. This was evaluated by the chiefs of staff, but it was decided to retain Diego-Suarez as the only objective due to the lack of manpower. [9] :132 Churchill remarked that the only way to permanently secure Madagascar was by means of a strong fleet and adequate air support operating from Ceylon and sent General Archibald Wavell (India Command) a note stating that as soon as the initial objectives had been met, all responsibility for safeguarding Madagascar would be passed on to Wavell. He added that when the commandos were withdrawn, garrison duties would be performed by two African brigades and one brigade from the Belgian Congo or west coast of Africa. [11] :231

In March and April, the South African Air Force (SAAF) had conducted reconnaissance flights over Diego-Suarez and No. 32, 36 and 37 Coastal Flights were withdrawn from maritime patrol operations and sent to Lindi on the Indian Ocean coast of Tanganyika, with an additional eleven Bristol Beauforts and six Martin Marylands to provide close air support during the planned operations. [9] :133


Allied commanders decided to launch an amphibious assault on Madagascar. The task was Operation Ironclad and executed by Force 121. It would include Allied naval, land and air forces and be commanded by Major-General Robert Sturges of the Royal Marines. The British Army landing force included the 29th Independent Infantry Brigade Group, No 5 (Army) Commando, and two brigades of the 5th Infantry Division, the latter en route to India with the remainder of their division. The Allied naval contingent consisted of over 50 vessels, drawn from Force H, the British Home Fleet and the British Eastern Fleet, commanded by Syfret. The fleet included the aircraft carrier Illustrious, her sister ship Indomitable and the ageing battleship Ramillies to cover the landings.

Allied soldiers landing from LCAs at Tamatave in May 1942 Debarquement a Tamatave.jpg
Allied soldiers landing from LCAs at Tamatave in May 1942

Landings (Operation Ironclad)

Following many reconnaissance missions by the SAAF, the first wave of the British 29th Infantry Brigade and No. 5 Commando landed in assault craft on 5 May 1942. Follow-up waves were by two brigades of the 5th Infantry Division and Royal Marines. All were carried ashore by landing craft to Courrier Bay and Ambararata Bay, just west of the major port of Diego-Suarez, at the northern tip of Madagascar. A diversionary attack was staged to the east. Air cover was provided mainly by Fairey Albacore and Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers which attacked Vichy shipping. They were supported by Grumman Martlets fighters from the Fleet Air Arm. A small number of SAAF planes assisted.

The defending Vichy forces, led by Governor General Armand Léon Annet, included about 8,000 troops, of whom about 6,000 were Malagasy tirailleurs (colonial infantry). A large proportion of the rest were Senegalese. Between 1,500 and 3,000 Vichy troops were concentrated around Diego-Suarez. [1] However, naval and air defences were relatively light and/or obsolete: eight coastal batteries, two armed merchant cruisers, two sloops, five submarines, 17 Morane-Saulnier 406 fighters and 10 Potez 63 bombers.

Captured French troops marching away from their HQ after the British had captured Diego-Suarez on 7 May Operation Ironclad.Madagascar1942.jpg
Captured French troops marching away from their HQ after the British had captured Diego-Suarez on 7 May
Negotiations for the surrender of Diego-Suarez at the British headquarters in the town SurrenderTreatyconferenceatBHQAntsirane.jpg
Negotiations for the surrender of Diego-Suarez at the British headquarters in the town

The beach landings met with virtually no resistance and these troops seized Vichy coastal batteries and barracks. The Courier Bay force, the 17th Infantry Brigade, after toiling through mangrove swamp and thick bush took the town of Diego-Suarez taking a hundred prisoners. The Ambararata Bay force, the 29th Independent Brigade, headed towards the French naval base of Antisarane. [1] With assistance from six Valentines and six Tetrarch light tanks of B Special Service Squadron they advanced 21 miles overcoming light resistance with bayonet charges. [12] Antisarane itself was heavily defended with trenches, two redoubts, pillboxes, and flanked on both sides by impenetrable swamps. [13]

On the morning of 6 May 1942 a frontal assault on the defences failed with the loss of three Valentines and two Tetrarchs. [12] Another assault by the South Lancashires worked their way around the defences but the swamps and bad terrain meant they were broken up into groups. Nevertheless, they swung behind the Vichy line and caused chaos. Fire was poured on the Vichy defences from behind and the radio station and a barracks were seized. [13] In all 200 prisoners were taken, but the South Lancs had to withdraw as communication with the main force was nonexistent after the radio set failed. With the French defence highly effective, the deadlock was broken when the old destroyer HMS Anthony dashed straight past the harbour defences of Antisarane and landed fifty Royal Marines from Ramillies amidst the Vichy rear area. [13] The marines created "disturbance in the town out of all proportion to their numbers" taking the French artillery command post along with its barracks and the naval depot. At the same time the troops of the 17th Infantry Brigade had broken through the defences and were soon marching in the town. The Vichy defence was broken and Antisarane surrendered that evening, although substantial Vichy forces withdrew to the south. [14]

The Japanese submarines I-10, I-16, and I-20 arrived three weeks later on 29 May 1942. I-10's reconnaissance plane spotted HMS Ramillies at anchor in Diego-Suarez harbour, but the plane was spotted and Ramillies changed her berth. I-20 and I-16 launched two midget submarines, one of which managed to enter the harbour and fired two torpedoes while under depth charge attack from two corvettes. One torpedo seriously damaged Ramillies, while the second sank the 6,993-ton oil tanker British Loyalty (later refloated). [15] Ramillies was later repaired in Durban and Plymouth.

The crew of one of the midget submarines, Lieutenant Saburo Akieda and Petty Officer Masami Takemoto, beached their craft (M-20b) at Nosy Antalikely and moved inland towards their pick-up point near Cape Amber. They were betrayed when they bought food at the village of Anijabe and both were killed in a firefight with Royal Marines three days later. One marine was killed in the action as well. The second midget submarine was lost at sea and the body of a crewman was found washed ashore a day later. [15]

Ground campaign (Operation Stream Line Jane)

19 September 1942. Allied troops disembarking from a LCA in Tamatave harbour. IWM A 012399 Madagascar.jpg
19 September 1942. Allied troops disembarking from a LCA in Tamatave harbour.

Hostilities continued at a low level for several months. After 19 May 1942 two brigades of the 5th Infantry Division were transferred to India. On 8 June 1942, the 22nd (East Africa) Brigade Group arrived on Madagascar [16] The 7th South African Motorized Brigade arrived on 24 June 1942. [17] The 27th (North Rhodesia) Infantry Brigade (including forces from East Africa) landed on 8 August. [18]

The operation code-named "Stream Line Jane" (sometimes given as "Streamline Jane") consisted of three separate sub-operations code-named Stream, Line and Jane. Stream and Jane were, respectively, the amphibious landings at Majunga on 10 September and Tamatave on 18 September, while Line was the advance from Majunga to the French capital, Tannanarive, which fell on 23 September. [19] [20]

On 10 September 1942 the 29th Brigade and 22nd Brigade Group made an amphibious landing at Majunga, another port on the west coast of the island. No. 5 Commando spearheaded the landing and faced machine gun fire but despite this they stormed the quayside, took control of the local post office, stormed the governor's residence and raised the Union Jack. [21] Having severed communications with Tannanarive, the Allies intended to re-launch the offensive ahead of the rainy season. Progress was slow for the Allied forces. In addition to occasional small-scale clashes with Vichy forces, they also encountered scores of obstacles erected on the main roads by Vichy soldiers. The Allies eventually captured the capital, Tananarive, without much opposition, and then the town of Ambalavao, but the devoutly Vichy Governor Annet escaped. [22]

Eight days later a British force set out to seize Tamatave. Heavy surf interfered with the operation. As HMS Birmingham's launch was heading to shore it was fired at by French shore batteries and promptly turned around. Birmingham then opened her guns up on the shores batteries and within three minutes the French hauled up the white flag. Tamatave fell into British hands. From there the South Lancashires and the Royal Welch Fusiliers set out to the south to link up with forces there. After they reached Tananarive they pressed on towards Moramanga and on 25 September 1942 they linked up with the King's African Rifles having secured the British lines of communication around the island. At the same time the East African infantry and South African armoured cars set out to find the elusive Governor Annet. [22]

The last major action took place on 18 October, at Andramanalina, a U-shaped valley with the meandering Mangarahara River where an ambush was planned for British forces by Vichy troops. The King's African Rifles split into two columns and marched around the 'U' of the valley and met Vichy troops in the rear and then ambushed them. The Vichy troops suffered heavy losses which resulted in 800 of them surrendering. [22] A week later the King's African Rifles then entered Fianarantsoa but found Annet gone, this time near Ihosy 100 miles south. The Africans swiftly moved after him, but they received an envoy from Annet asking for terms of surrender. He had had enough and couldn't escape further. An armistice was signed in Ambalavao on 6 November 1942, and Annet surrendered two days later. [23]

The Allies suffered about 500 casualties in the landing at Diego-Suarez, and 30 more killed and 90 wounded in the operations which followed on 10 September 1942.

Julian Jackson, in his biography of de Gaulle, observed that the French had held out longer against the Allies in Madagascar in 1942 than they had against the Germans in France in 1940. [24]


December 1942. Four RAF Westland Lysander aircraft flying over Madagascar following the end of the campaign. Westland Lysander - Madagascar WWII.jpg
December 1942. Four RAF Westland Lysander aircraft flying over Madagascar following the end of the campaign.

With Madagascar in Allied hands, they established military and naval installations across the island. The island was crucial for the rest of the war. Its deep water ports were vital to control the passageway to India and the Persian corridor, and this was now beyond the grasp of the Axis. [22] This was the first large-scale operation of World War II by the Allies combining sea, land, and air forces. In the makeshift Allied planning of the war's early years, the invasion of Madagascar held a prominent strategic place. [7]

Free French General Paul Legentilhomme was appointed High Commissioner for Madagascar. Like many colonies, Madagascar sought its independence following the war. In 1947, the island experienced the Malagasy Uprising, a costly revolution that was crushed in 1948. It was not until 26 June 1960, about twelve years later, that the Malagasy Republic successfully proclaimed its independence from France.

Campaign service in Madagascar did not qualify for the British and Commonwealth Africa Star. It was instead covered by the 1939–1945 Star. [25]

Order of battle

Allied Forces

A Grumman Martlet of the Fleet Air Arm flying over HMS Warspite during the Madagascar operations The Royal Navy during the Second World War A9713.jpg
A Grumman Martlet of the Fleet Air Arm flying over HMS Warspite during the Madagascar operations
Jacob van Heemskerck, a Dutch cruiser involved in the operations off Madagascar Jacob van heemskerk light cruiser.jpg
Jacob van Heemskerck, a Dutch cruiser involved in the operations off Madagascar
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Modern-day view of the bay
HMS Ramillies
Aircraft Carriers
HMS Illustrious
HMS Indomitable
HMS Birmingham [26]
HMS Dauntless [26]
HMS Gambia [26]
HMS Hermione
HMS Devonshire
HNLMS Jacob van Heemskerck
HMS Manxman [26]
HMS Erebus [26]
Seaplane Carrier
HMS Albatross [26]
HMS Active
HMS Anthony
HMS Arrow [26]
HMS Blackmore [26]
HMS Duncan
HMS Fortune [26]
HMS Foxhound [26]
HMS Inconstant
HMS Hotspur [26]
HMS Javelin
HMS Laforey
HMS Lightning
HMS Lookout
HMAS Napier [26]
HMAS Nepal [26]
HMAS Nizam
HMAS Norman
HMS Pakenham
HMS Paladin
HMS Panther
HNLMS Van Galen [26]
HNLMS Tjerk Hiddes [26]
HMS Freesia
HMS Auricula
HMS Nigella
HMS Fritillary
HMS Genista
HMS Cyclamen
HMS Thyme
HMS Jasmine
HMS Cromer
HMS Poole
HMS Romney
HMS Cromarty
Assault transports
HMS Winchester Castle
HMS Royal Ulsterman
HMS Keren
HMS Karanja
MS Sobieski (Polish)
Special ships
HMS Derwentdale (LCA)
HMS Bachaquero (LST)
Troop ships
SS Oronsay
RMS Duchess of Atholl
RMS Franconia
Stores and MT ships
SS Empire Kingsley
M/S Thalatta
SS Mahout
SS City of Hong Kong
SS Mairnbank
SS Martand II [27]

Ground forces

A Valentine tank of the type used during the invasion. Valentine II in Kubinka.jpg
A Valentine tank of the type used during the invasion.
Organization of British ground forces for Operation Ironclad, during the invasion of Madagascar 5 May 1942 British OP Ironclad 942BEMB.png
Organization of British ground forces for Operation Ironclad, during the invasion of Madagascar 5 May 1942
29th Infantry Brigade (independent) arrived via amphibious landing near Diego-Suarez on 5 May 1942
2nd South Lancashire Regiment
2nd East Lancashire Regiment
1st Royal Scots Fusiliers
2nd Royal Welch Fusiliers
455th Light Battery (Royal Artillery)
MG company
'B' Special Service Squadron with 6 Valentine and 6 Tetrarch tanks
Commandos arrived via amphibious landing near Diego-Suarez on 5 May 1942
No. 5 Commando
British 17th Infantry Brigade Group (of 5th Division) landed near Diego-Suarez as second wave on 5 May 1942
2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers
2nd Northamptonshire Regiment
6th Seaforth Highlanders
9th Field Regiment (Royal Artillery)
British 13th Infantry Brigade (of 5th Division) landed near Diego-Suarez as third wave on 6 May 1942. Departed 19 May 1942 for India
2nd Cameronians
2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
2nd Wiltshire Regiment
East African Brigade Group arrived 22 June to replace 13 and 17 Brigades
South African 7th Motorised Brigade
Rhodesian 27th Infantry Brigade arrived 8 August 1942; departed 29 June 1944
2nd Northern Rhodesia Regiment
3rd Northern Rhodesia Regiment
4th Northern Rhodesia Regiment
55th (Tanganyika) Light Battery
57th (East African) Field Battery [27]

Fleet Air Arm

Aboard HMS Illustrious
881 Squadron - 12 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat (Martlet Mk.II)
882 Squadron - 8 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat (Martlet Mk.II) 1 Fairey Fulmar
810 Squadron - 10 Fairey Swordfish
829 Squadron - 10 Fairey Swordfish
Aboard HMS Indomitable
800 Squadron - 8 Fairey Fulmar
806 Squadron - 4 Fairey Fulmar
880 Squadron - 6 Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk IA
827 Squadron - 12 Fairey Albacore
831 Squadron - 12 Fairey Albacore [27]

Vichy France

Japanese submarine I-10 in Penang, 1942. Japanese submarine I-10 at Penang port in 1942.jpg
Japanese submarine I-10 in Penang, 1942.
Merchant Cruiser Bougainville 2
Sloop D'Entrecasteaux
Monge [27]

Land forces

The following order of battle represents the Malagasy and Vichy French forces on the island directly after the initial Ironclad landings. [30]

Members of the Japanese imperial navy midget submarine attack group which included those who carried out the attacks on Diego-Suarez. Midget submarine crews (AWM P00325-001).jpg
Members of the Japanese imperial navy midget submarine attack group which included those who carried out the attacks on Diego-Suarez.
West coast
Two platoons of reservists and volunteers at Nossi-Bé
Two companies of the Régiment mixte malgache (RMM – Mixed Madagascar Regiment) at Ambanja
One battalion of the 1er RMM at Majunga
East coast
One battalion of the 1er RMM at Tamatave
One artillery section (65mm) at Tamatave
One company of the 1er RMM at Brickaville
Centre of the island
Three battalions of the 1er RMM at Tananarive
One motorised reconnaissance detachment at Tananarive
Emyrne battery at Tananarive
One artillery section (65mm) at Tananarive
One engineer company at Tananarive
One company of the 1er RMM at Mevatanana
One company of the Bataillon de tirailleurs malgaches (BTM - Malagasy Tirailleurs Battalion) at Fianarantsoa
South of the island
One company of the BTM at Fort Dauphin
One company of the BTM at Tuléar


  • Submarines I-10 (with reconnaissance aircraft), I-16 , I-18 (damaged by heavy seas and arrived late), I-20
  • Midget submarines M-16b, M-20b

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 Rigge pp 103-04
  2. 1 2 3 Wessels 1996.
  3. Stapleton, Timothy J. A Military History of Africa p. 225
  4. Winston Churchill, Prime Minister (10 November 1942). "MADAGASCAR (OPERATIONS) HC Deb 10 November 1942 vol 383 cc2259-60". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) . House of Commons. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014.
  5. Grehan (2013), p. 18
  6. Thomas 1996.
  7. 1 2 Rigge p. 100
  8. Grehan (2013), Ch. 9
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Turner, Gordon-Cummings & Betzler 1961.
  10. "History of Madagascar". History World. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  11. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Churchill 1950.
  12. 1 2 Flint, pp. 68-69
  13. 1 2 3 Rigge pp.105-06
  14. Combined Operations: the Official Story of the Commandos. Great Britain: Combined Operations Command. 1943. pp. 101–109. ISBN   9781417987412.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  15. 1 2 Rigge pp. 107–108
  16. Joslen 2003, pp. 421–422.
  17. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. Joslen 2003, pp. 425–426.
  19. Buckley 1977, pp. 191, 202.
  20. Chant 1986, pp. 196 (Jane) and 266 (Stream). See also Stream, Line and Jane at Codenames: Operations of World War II (retrieved 2017-11-18).
  21. "Operation Ironclad: 5–7 May 1942". Archived from the original on 21 March 2009.
  22. 1 2 3 4 Rigge pp 110-11
  23. "World Battlefronts: Madagascar Surrenders". Time Magazine. 16 November 1942. JSTOR   2. Archived from the original on 14 October 2010.
  24. Jackson, Julian (2018). A Certain Idea of France: the life of Charles de Gaulle. London: Allen Lane. pp. Chapter 9. ISBN   978-1846143519.
  25. "Medals: campaigns, descriptions & eligibility", Guidance, UK: Government, archived from the original on 23 June 2017.
  26. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Mason RN, Lt Cdr (Rtd) Geoffrey B (2003). "Dutch HNethMS TJERK HIDDES (G 16), ex-HMS NONPAREIL - N-class Destroyer". SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2. Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  27. 1 2 3 4 "Operation Ironclad: Invasion of Madagascar". Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
  28. Nafziger, George. "Operation Ironclad Invasion of Madagascar 5 May 1942" (PDF). United States Army Combined Arms Research Library. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  29. Nafziger, George. "British Infantry Brigades 1st thru 215th 1939-1945" (PDF). United States Army Combined Arms Research Library. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  30. "Madagascar, Ordres de bataille" (in French). Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.

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The South-East Asian Theatre of World War II was the name given to the campaigns of the Pacific War in Burma, Ceylon, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Indochina, Malaya and Singapore. Conflict in this theatre began when the Empire of Japan invaded French Indochina in September 1940 and rose to a new level following the raid on Pearl Harbor, and simultaneous attacks on Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Malaya on 7 and 8 December 1941. The main landing at Singora on the east side of the Isthmus of Kra preceded the bombing of Pearl Harbor by several hours. Action in the theatre officially ended on 9 September 1945.

East African campaign (World War II) 1940-1941 series of battles fought in East Africa as part of World War II

The East African campaign was fought in East Africa during the Second World War by Allies of World War II, mainly from the British Empire, against Italy and its colony of Italian East Africa, between June 1940 and November 1941. The British Middle East Command with troops from the United Kingdom, South Africa, British India, Uganda Protectorate, Kenya, Somaliland, West Africa, Northern and Southern Rhodesia, Sudan and Nyasaland participated in the campaign. These were joined by the Allied Force Publique of Belgian Congo, Imperial Ethiopian Arbegnoch and a small unit of Free French.

Syria–Lebanon campaign Allied invasion of Vichy French-controlled Syria and Lebanon

The Syria–Lebanon campaign, also known as Operation Exporter, was the British invasion of Vichy French Syria and Lebanon from June–July 1941, during the Second World War. The French had ceded autonomy to Syria in September 1936, with the right to maintain armed forces and two airfields in the territory.

Light Tank Mk VII Tetrarch Type of Light tank

The Light Tank Mk VII (A17), also known as the Tetrarch, was a British light tank produced by Vickers-Armstrongs in the late 1930s and deployed during the Second World War. The Tetrarch was originally designed as the latest in the line of light tanks built by the company for the British Army. It improved upon its predecessor, the Mk VIC Light Tank, by introducing the extra firepower of a 2-pounder gun. The War Office ordered 70 tanks, an order that eventually increased to 220. Production was delayed by several factors and, as a consequence, only 100 to 177 of the tanks were produced.

I-30 was a Type B1 submarine of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. After operating in the Indian Ocean she participated in a Yanagi mission, aimed at connecting Japan and Nazi Germany by submarine. She was the first Japanese submarine to reach Europe, arriving at Lorient, France in August 1942. I-30 returned to Singapore loaded with military technology and information, but hit a mine outside the harbour and sank. Only part of her cargo was salvaged.

The following events occurred in November 1942:

829 Naval Air Squadron squadron of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

829 Naval Air Squadron was a squadron of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. Before it was decommissioned in March 2018, it operated the AgustaWestland Merlin HM2 helicopter.

810 Naval Air Squadron was a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier based squadron formed on 3 April 1933 with the amalgamation of the 12 Blackburn Dart aircraft from 463 and 44 Flight Flights Royal Air Force to the Fleet Air Arm. The squadron saw action during the Second World War, the Suez Crisis and the Korean War.

Indian Ocean in World War II

Prior to World War II, the Indian Ocean was an important maritime trade route between European nations and their colonial territories in East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, British India, Indochina, the East Indies (Indonesia), and Australia for a long time. Naval presence was dominated by the Royal Navy Eastern Fleet and the Royal Australian Navy as World War II began, with a major portion of the Royal Netherlands Navy operating in the Dutch East Indies and the Red Sea Flotilla of the Italian Regia Marina operating from Massawa.

HMS <i>Anthony</i> (H40) A-class destroyer

HMS Anthony was an A-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She served in the Second World War.

No. 5 Commando was a battalion-sized commando unit of the British Army during the Second World War.

Japanese submarine <i>I-10</i> 1st class submarine of the Imperial Japanese Navy

The Japanese submarine I-10 was a Type A1 submarine built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the 1930s.

D'Entrecasteaux was an Bougainville-class aviso of the French Navy launched in 1931. The ship was designed to operate from French colonies in Asia and Africa. She was posted at Madagascar, under Vichy French control during World War II.

East Indies Fleet

The Eastern Fleet then later the East Indies Fleet was a fleet of the Royal Navy which existed between 1941 and 1952.

Force B was the name of several British Royal Navy task forces during the Second World War.

Madagascar in World War II

Madagascar, then officially known as French Madagascar, was still a French colony at the outbreak of the Second World War, having been under French administration since 1885. It played an important role in the war due to the presence of critically important harbors, the contribution of Malagasy troops, and was also the scene of fighting between Allied and Vichy French forces in 1942. After the fall of France in 1940, Madagascar became a crucial flashpoint in contention between the Free French movement and Vichy France. The island was also consequential in the Pacific theater of the war as Imperial Japanese naval forces operated unopposed off the island for some time.

HMS <i>Ramillies</i> (07) Revenge-class battleship

HMS Ramillies was one of five Revenge-class super-dreadnought battleships built for the Royal Navy during the First World War. They were developments of the Queen Elizabeth-class battleships, with reductions in size and speed to offset increases in the armour protection whilst retaining the same main battery of eight 15-inch (381 mm) guns. Completed in late 1917, Ramillies saw no combat during the war as both the British and the German fleets had adopted a more cautious strategy by this time owing to the increasing threat of naval mines and submarines.


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