During the Colonial War Portugal faced 27,000 insurgents spread across three theatres (Cann, 1997; and see my Protagonists of the Portuguese Colonial War section). The insurgents represented a wide range of, and often conflicting, liberation movements. I’ve only listed those that had armed forces in the field. Generally they fought in small groups; a force of 200 insurgents gathered in one place was rare.
|Protagonist’s Order of Battle||Country||Fought|
|Portuguese||All||MPLA, UPA / FNLA / GRAE, UNITA|
|UPA / FNLA / GRAE||Angola||Portuguese, MPLA|
|MPLA||Angola||Portuguese, UPA / FNLA / GRAE, UNITA|