LIST OF WARS: DETAILS
Also called: Third Franco-Madagascan War
Battle deaths: 6,952 Published prior to 2013 | Altered: 2014-08-10 22:36:24
The Mouvement Democratique de la Renovation Malagache (MDRM), whose objective was independence for Madagascar, formed in 1946 in response to the island becoming a French overseas territory. On March 29, 1947, Malagasy nationalist tribesmen revolted in the eastern part of the island. One third of the island was seized before French soldiers stationed on the island received reinforcements from France, and were able to quell the rebellion. The loss of life was high - more than 11,000 persons died in the fighting, 180 of those reported to be non-Malagasy.
The leaders responsible for the uprising have never been conclusively identified. Although the MDRM leadership consistently maintained its innocence, the party was outlawed by the French. Military leaders of the revolt were tried by the French military and twenty were executed. It is reported that 5,000 to 6,000 convictions were produced in further trials, with penalties ranging from brief imprisonment to death.
SOURCES: FATALITY DATA
 Battle deaths: PRIO Battle Deaths Dataset v3.0 (link) (1946-88) ID: #21
Low: 6,952 High: 12,180
NOTE ON NATION DATA
NOTE! Nation data for this war may be inconlusive or incomplete. In most cases it reflects which nations were involved with troops in this war, but in some it may instead reflect the contested territory.
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