PORTUGAL: End of Last Empire

End of the Last Empire

Some terrorists came to our camp and said that if we wanted a cease-fire to come to a place they indicated. Our officers went as directed. The Frelimo crept up and surrounded us. I thought we had been tricked, but when they saw we had no arms they threw down their guns and embraced us and called us brothers. Now we are planning a soccer game. —Letter from a Portuguese soldier in Mozambique

It had seemed inevitable and yet, when the moment finally arrived, it came with breathtaking impact:...

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