LAST OF AFRICA’S COLD WAR CONFLICTS Portuguese Guinea and its Guerilla Insurgency

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The Portuguese African colonies were dwarfed by those of Spain, Britain and France but survived longest as the other European nations beat a hasty retreat after W.W.II. These remaining outposts became targets during the Cold War as the Soviets and their Cuban mercenaries thought they were easy targets, having limited or no resources worth exploiting and small populations. Portuguese Guinea, becoming Guine Bissau, was roughly the size of Belgium, sparsely populated, but no easy target. The battle raged on for a decade. It was fiercely fought and was waged invisibly only because Vietnam took all the press attention.