- Apr 2017
Portugal is often said to have been neutral during the second world war but was this accurate? In Europe they were generally neutral but allowed the allies to use air/naval facilities in the Atlantic later in the war. They also sent a few thousand volunteers to fight with the Germans against the Soviet Union. As for the Pacific, Macau had Japanese "advisors" installed to oversee it but maintained Portuguese sovereignty. The colonial government planned to sell aviation fuel to Japan and was bombed by the US air force (who later paid damages after the war). East Timor was occupied by Dutch/Australian forces as the Japanese advanced and was later occupied by the Japanese. Timorese natives fought against them for the duration of the war. Given these events can Portugal be considered neutral during ww2?