The Forgotten Ally - Portugal in WW1 I THE GREAT Interview with Aníbal Milhais 2 days ago   09:30

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Portugal's participation in the First World War 1, especially the service of the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps on the Western Front, is often forgotten. And even when the troops were still fighting, the political situation back home had changed so much that the soldiers were largely forgotten.

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Comments 1647 Comments

Yoan Michael
Grande Milhais
HackdogBoi 3000
Most of the coments are angry Portuguese like me who werent appriciated
João Paulo Silva
Sim, nos os tugas caralho!!!
Duarte Viana
E noizzz Tugas
Pedro Lemos
Ninguém? A sério? Okey...
PORTUGAL CARALHO!
Lone Starr
Jesus man, you butchered those names.
Ribeiri
Talk about SOLDADO MILHÕES portuguese heroe
Liam Ferreira
PORTUGAL!!!!!!
Diogo Henriques
Português:
Olá, eu sou Português e o mapa Cor-de-Rosa não é um laço, mas um proposta.
Á cerca de sermos da "Entente" tem a ver com a aliança que tínhamos com os Ingleses,
E como se chama essa base naval da Alemanha em Lisboa?
Adoro o video, e espero mais video.

English
Hello, I'm Portuguese and the Pink map is not a tie, but a proposal.
About being of the "Entente" has to do with the alliance we had with the British,
And what is the name of this naval base of Germany in Lisbon?
I love the video, and I expect more video.
Joao Silva
Portugal 💪💪💪
KennySennin
No one cares BUT! The photo from Azores, IS NOT, Azores.... Its actually A small island off the cost called, Santa Senhora da Conceição, it used to be a forteres, and now a days is a nightclub, and its on Madeira Islands... NOTAzores :)
FURNAS AIFH
I am portugese.
Vader
FINALLY SOMEONE REMEMBERS PORTUGAL XD
Lambert Sousa
Portugal isn't forgotten
josh reymond
PORTUGAL POLICE!
AMDSVVVICTORY
Portugal’s army abandoned the Portuguese in Africa, thanks to the devil Soares, May he rest in the Inferno with the devil, and may all that family be wiped out of the planet!!!
Jaime Freitas
Thank you for this episode greetings from Portugal!
SyzTeMaTiC
Dude Germany never declared war on Portugal what the heal are you teaching us... Am done fk this man... Deslike.
SyzTeMaTiC
Zionists in control of the Portuguese Policies ?
SyzTeMaTiC
Portugal is not independent Nation its controlled by (((International clique))) My big guess Everyone in this world believed History, School etc... everyone forgets that we have been deceived sense day 1.
We defeated the wrong Enemy this is a fact many people will ignore.
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Interview with Aníbal Milhais The Forgotten Ally - Portugal in WW1 I THE GREAT 2 days ago   09:29

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Portuguese soldiers volunteered to infiltrate enemy lines and raid trenches, even if the casualties on both sides were extremely high. Three German divisions had been rotated in the sector facing the 2nd Division in the last nine months before April 1918. The division saw no major battles, but suffered many casualties and extreme fatigue among the front line soldiers through the consecutive night raids. The participation of Portugal in World War I took place mostly in Flanders, which is in Belgium. On April 9, 1918. The battle is known in Portugal as "The Battle of La Lys" – the first day of Ludendorff's Lys Offensive, otherwise known as "Operation Georgette", and as the "Battle of Estaires" in official British history. Milhais found himself in the midst of the battle of La Lys, in the field of Isberg, covering the withdrawal of Portuguese and Scottish soldiers. Within a few hours 1,938 men were killed, 5,198 wounded and about 7,000 taken prisoner. Milhais was in charge of one of their Lewis guns on 9 April 1918. During Operation Georgette, when the German Army attacked his division, Milhais stood up with his Lewis machine gun defended against assaults by two German regiments by laying down intense fire, causing many German casualties. He managed to cover the retreat of Portuguese and Scots alike despite coming under heavy attack himself. He fired in all directions and stayed at his post until he ran out of ammunition. Finally, the Germans decided to go around and Milhais found himself alone in the rear of the enemy lines where he stayed for three days. On the third day, Milhais, still carrying his Lewis, rescued a Scottish major from a swamp and the two reached Allied lines. Milhais was warmly welcomed, but being a modest man he did not say anything about his experiences. It was through the officer he had helped reporting the story to the British HQ and several other testimonies that his deeds become known.

A few months later, Milhais again held back a German assault, standing alone with his Lewis gun and allowing a Belgian unit to retreat safely to a secondary trench without casualties. Both the British observers present in the scene and the Belgian commander included his action in their reports.[1] Milhais was awarded the highest distinction of the Portuguese: the Order of the Tower and Sword and with the French Légion d'Honneur, delivered on the battlefield before 15,000 allied soldiers. The bravery of Milhais in the battle of La Lys earned him the 4th Class of the Order of Tower and Sword of Valour, Loyalty and Merit, the highest Portuguese decoration. The degree of "Knight of the Order of Military Tower and Sword" had been created by Afonso V, later annulled, and later restored by King John VI, to reward "Valour, Loyalty and Merit".

On July 15, 1918, the Order of Service of the Battalion published a commendation, given by Major Ferreira do Amaral, which described his action as having been worth a million men, hence the nickname by which he became known.

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