License issued in Lisbon authorized Portuguese seafarers to board foreign ships.
Hundreds of Portuguese served on foreign merchant ships during WWII. Some belonged to neutrals and other to belligerent countries, especially on the side of the Allies whose fleets were depleted from manpower due to the conflict.
All parts of the Portuguese empire supplied people who believed they could their living conditions, but the war would eventually take its toll in dead, wounded, and prisoners.
In this chapter of “Portugal 1939-1945” we will follow the stories from some of these men, whose trail is not always easy to find or follow…
Know their Stories: