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Did East Timor have any involvement in World War II?

Question #148275. Asked by unclerick.
Last updated Jan 31 2021.
Originally posted Jan 31 2021 8:54 AM.

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The Island was invaded by the Japanese in 1942. During World War II The Island was Portuguese Timor (East Timor) and Dutch Timor (West Timor).
"The Battle of Timor occurred in Portuguese Timor and Dutch Timor during the Second World War. Japanese forces invaded the island on 20 February 1942 and were resisted by a small, under-equipped force of Allied military personnel-known as Sparrow Force-predominantly from Australia, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands East Indies.

Although Portugal was not a combatant, many East Timorese civilians and Portuguese European colonists fought with the Allies or provided them with food, shelter and other assistance. Some Timorese continued a resistance campaign following the Australian withdrawal. For this, they paid a heavy price and tens of thousands of Timorese civilians died as a result of the Japanese occupation, which lasted until the end of the war in 1945.


Jan 31 2021, 1:50 PM
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