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Old April 4th, 2017, 10:44 AM   #1
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Germany declares war on Portugal in 1916

Portuguese and German soldiers began to confront each other in Africa, before there was officially a state of war between the countries. The declaration only happened on March 9, 1916 after Portugal seized German ships anchored at national ports.

Officially the war between Portugal and Germany was only declared in 1916, following the seizure of Germanic ships anchored in Portuguese ports, but by that time there had already been clashes between troops of the two countries in the African colonies.
In August 1914, the German military made incursions into Mozambique and the following month Portugal sent the first of several military expeditions to the colonies.
Fighting was widespread in late 1914 in southern Angola and northern Mozambique.
With the official declaration of war by Germany, the Portuguese government decided to also send troops to the European theater of operations.
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