Medal, French Madagascar Second Expedition 1895

A French Madagascar Second Expedition Medal 1895. The obverse features a left facing woman wearing a winged helmet and an oak wreath representing the French Republic." REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE " is marked near the edge. " O Roty " is marked in very small letters. The reverse features a trophy of arms. " MADAGASCAR " and "1895" is marked on it. An ornate 1895 clasp is attached to the reverse side of the ribbon.
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These medals were "instituted on 15 January 1896 and awarded to the soldiers and sailors of the second French Expeditionary Force to Madagascar, who served between 8 December 1894 and 31 October 1896. The 15,000 strong expedition's goal was the pacification of the island which took a year to complete and was notable for the large number of casualties due to sickness and disease." See Australian War Memorial Museum. 
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