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    British and South African troops arrive in Antananarivo in Madagascar.

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    Several shots of supplies being unloaded on the beach at Majunga by British soldiers. C/U of map of Madagascar showing location of Antananarivo, occupied by Vichy French.

    The British troops move down to Antananarivo, coming across the obstacles of small bush fires and a bridge across the Betsiboka River which had been blown up. An army truck makes its way across the bridge which is now under several feet of water. Madagasy bullock carts on road.

    The British and South African advance moves on through Mevatanana, Mahatsinjo and Ankazobi where we see overturned French lorries by the side of the road, caused by effective gunfire. The river at Ankazobi has to be bridged by using reeds, rushes and bamboo shoots, supported by timber and boulders for the trucks to travel over.

    Soldiers discover a revolving gun turret used as a machine-gun nest. Roads have to be cleared of tree obstacles left by the retreating Vichy French.

    General view of part of Antananarivo. The troops moving through Antananarivo. Scenes at the final capitulation, where a French Brigadier meets Vichy officers; British are also there. Commentator says "The happy sequel to this occupation is that Antananarivo is now settling down to normal life with a great measure of co-operation between the French and British troops.

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    01:16:28:00 / 01:18:47:00

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