×
Home Intro People Events Equipment Places Maps Books Photos Videos Other Reference FAQ About
     

World War II Database

Portuguese Timor

Alliance Neutral or Non-Belligerent
Possessing Power Portugal
Entry into WW2 18 Dec 1941
Population in 1939 500,000
Civilian Deaths in WW2 50,000

Contributor:

ww2dbasePortugal declared eastern Timor in South Pacific a colony in 1702, but the colony received very little attention in terms of economic and infrastructure development. The main export from Portuguese Timor was the aromatic sandalwood, which had little military value. Nevertheless, for strategic reasons, when the Pacific War began in Dec 1941, Australian and Dutch troops preemptively occupied the neutral colony, but ultimately they could do little when the much larger Japanese invasion force arrived in Feb 1942. Between 1942 and 1945, Japan administered the entire island of Timor as a single unit. On 5 Sep 1945, Governor Manuel de Abreu Ferreira de Carvalho received the transfer of power over Portuguese Timor from Japan, and later in the month Australian troops entered Portuguese Timor to help the Portuguese colonial authority disarm the Japanese. Portuguese troops arrived on 27 Sep. Portugal retained control over the eastern half of Timor island until 1975, when it was invaded and occupied by Indonesian troops. In 1999, Indonesian troops left eastern Timor, and in 2002 the independent Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste was declared.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Update: Jun 2014

Events Taken Place in Portuguese Timor
Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java4 Feb 1942 - 31 Mar 1942







Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds


Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code
 

 

Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Change View
Desktop View

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
Famous WW2 Quote
"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945