Guinea-Bissau War of Independence

  • guinea-bissau war of independence
    part of the portuguese colonial war and the cold war
    portuguese plane shot down in guinea-bissau with paigc soldiers, 1974
    paigc soldiers with a downed portuguese aircraft, 1974
    datejanuary 23, 1963 – september 10, 1974
    (11 years, 7 months, 2 weeks and 4 days)
    location
    guinea-bissau
    (then portuguese guinea)
    result

    military stalemate[12]
    guinea-bissau political victory

    • portuguese forces unable to neutralize the action of the paigc
    • paigc unable to defeat and expel portuguese forces from guinea
    • carnation revolution in portugal and consequent independence of guinea-bissau
    belligerents
    paigc
     guinea (1970 only)
     cuba[1]
    non-combat support:
     china[2][3][4]
     soviet union[5]
     senegal[6]
     libya[7][8]
     algeria[9][10]
     brazil[11]
    portugal portugal
    commanders and leaders
    amílcar cabral 
    luís cabral
    joão bernardo vieira
    domingos ramos 
    pansau na isna 
    francisco mendes
    portugal antónio de spínola
    portugal otelo saraiva de carvalho
    strength
    ~10,000 ~32,000
    casualties and losses
    10,000 killed[13] 2,069 killed
    3,830 with permanent deficiency (physical or psychological)
    5,000 civilian deaths[13]

    the guinea-bissau war of independence was an armed independence conflict that took place in portuguese guinea between 1963 and 1974. fought between portugal and the african party for the independence of guinea and cape verde, an armed independence movement backed by cuba and the soviet union, the war is commonly referred to as "portugal's vietnam" due to the large numbers of men and amounts of material expended in a long, mostly guerrilla war and the internal political turmoil it created in portugal.[14] the war ended when portugal, after the carnation revolution of 1974, granted independence to guinea-bissau, followed by cape verde a year later.

  • background
  • portuguese overseas armed forces and the paigc
  • end of portuguese rule in guinea
  • see also
  • references

Guinea-Bissau War of Independence
Part of the Portuguese Colonial War and the Cold War
Portuguese plane shot down in Guinea-Bissau with PAIGC soldiers, 1974
PAIGC soldiers with a downed Portuguese aircraft, 1974
DateJanuary 23, 1963 – September 10, 1974
(11 years, 7 months, 2 weeks and 4 days)
Location
Result

Military stalemate[12]
Guinea-Bissau political victory

Belligerents
PAIGC
 Guinea (1970 only)
 Cuba[1]
Non-combat support:
 China[2][3][4]
 Soviet Union[5]
 Senegal[6]
 Libya[7][8]
 Algeria[9][10]
 Brazil[11]
Portugal Portugal
Commanders and leaders
Amílcar Cabral 
Luís Cabral
João Bernardo Vieira
Domingos Ramos 
Pansau Na Isna 
Francisco Mendes
Portugal António de Spínola
Portugal Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho
Strength
~10,000 ~32,000
Casualties and losses
10,000 killed[13] 2,069 killed
3,830 with permanent deficiency (physical or psychological)
5,000 civilian deaths[13]

The Guinea-Bissau War of Independence was an armed independence conflict that took place in Portuguese Guinea between 1963 and 1974. Fought between Portugal and the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, an armed independence movement backed by Cuba and the Soviet Union, the war is commonly referred to as "Portugal's Vietnam" due to the large numbers of men and amounts of material expended in a long, mostly guerrilla war and the internal political turmoil it created in Portugal.[14] The war ended when Portugal, after the Carnation Revolution of 1974, granted independence to Guinea-Bissau, followed by Cape Verde a year later.