Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Brazilian Participation in World War II

In one of the readings from the last two weeks I remembered that it mentioned how the Brazilian governmnet under Getulio Vargas actually played an active role in World War II compared to the rest of Latin America. Apparently, the Brazilian expeditionary Force saw quite a bit of action as an army division and an air force fighter squadron participated in the Italian campaign while Brazil's navy participated in the hunt for Axis submarines in the Atlantic. Considering how Vargas was an authoritarian leader and the large ethnic German communtiy in the southern part of the country, I thought it was intersting that Brazil decided to fight on the side of the Allies rather than the Axis Powers.

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