World War II and Mauritius
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Fortunately during World War II Mauritius was never attacked by Axis forces. However on several occasions, Japanese or German submarines and surface ships prowled the waters around Mauritius and managed to sink a few merchant ships rendering the sea lanes unsafe. At the height of Japanese Imperial Power in 1942, the British Colonial authorities did fear a Japanese invasion of either Madagascar or Mauritius itself. But the Japanese defeat at Midway most probably dispelled all fears of imminent invasion. In spite of its small size and population, the island did contribute to the Allied war effort. A number of Mauritians served under the British Flag.
A few press articles on the subject at hand (in French).
Les soldates mauriciennes (20 Octobre 2002)
Les Japonais sont de retour dans l'océan Indien (22 novembre 2001)
Date on the web: 30th of November 2001
Last Update: 2nd of December 2002