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Colonial War
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Colonial War

The war against the German colonies of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, led by the forces of Japan, Great Britain, France, Belgium, and their respective colonies. The spread of the war to the colonies was undertaken by Great Britain and France, primarily for strategic reasons. By occupying the German colonies, their respective ports would be closed to the German navy. Also, the German worldwide communications network, which depended upon the wireless stations erected there, would be disrupted. For the British dominions of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, …

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Zimmerer, Jürgen, “Colonial War”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 31 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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