Africa in World War Two

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Simeon Netchev
published on 10 June 2024
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This map illustrates the geopolitical situations and theaters of conflict in Africa during World War II. The continent saw various military campaigns and battles, notably in North and West Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Madagascar.

The war also had a profound impact on the colonial powers' control over African territories. Many African soldiers were conscripted to fight for their colonial rulers, contributing to the war effort in Europe, Asia, and Africa itself. The Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, preceding the war, and subsequent Allied liberation efforts highlighted the strategic importance of the Horn of Africa.

Additionally, World War II accelerated the decolonization process as African nations gained political awareness and momentum towards independence. The war disrupted traditional colonial economies and structures, leading to a reevaluation of colonial rule by both the European powers and the colonized peoples.

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Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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Netchev, S. (2024, June 10). Africa in World War Two. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Netchev, Simeon. "Africa in World War Two." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified June 10, 2024.

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Netchev, Simeon. "Africa in World War Two." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 10 Jun 2024. Web. 20 Jul 2024.