French Somaliand - Mike White - Worldwide Postal History. Censored and Military Mail.
| FRENCH SOMALILAND - ITALY…1896 DJIBOUTI MILITARY MAIL …… 1896 (Sep 23) Plain stampless envelope to Torino & forwarded to Bagnasco di Mondovi with black F M to top right & sealing flaps cancelled blue fancy Djibouti /Postes date stamp alongside La Reunion A Marseille 1/L.U. No 2 (28 Sep) maritime ligne & with blue triangular T deleted in pencil & on reverse partial Bagnasco (10 Oct) square circle arrival ........................................
1896 May 20 A decree unites the Territory of Obock, the protectorates of on Tadjoura, Gobaad and Ghoubbet el Kharab and the Issas country as far as the border with British Somaliland into a single colony under the direct authority of the Minister of France in Ethiopia, the French Somali Coast and Dependencies & Djibouti becomes the capital.During the Year Governor Lagarde recommends that every man in the Djibouti garrison be armed with two rifles and a thousand cartridges. Sniper fire outside the town is almost constant during the night.