During the colonial war, Portugal recruited one million four
hundred thousand people to fight in its territories of Mozambique,
Angola and Guinea.
One third of these soldiers were African,
the majority of whom were black.
Portuguese Guinea was the only one of the three colonies to have
special troops comprised solely of black Africans. It was also the
territory where these men suffered the worst persecution after
1974. At the time, African commandos became the target of
persecution, imprisonment and executions.