The importance of tungsten, from 1939 to 1945, becomes a crucial factor for most countries involved in World War II. Many of them had to acquire this mineral which was extremely important in the manufacture of military weapons.

Portugal using its strategic abilities, and taking advantage of its privileged geographical location and abundance of tungsten, testified by the search for this resource by the several countries involved in military conflict, managed to maintain its neutrality during World War II.

For Allied forces, the tungsten did not represent a competitive resource, because they could provide their own supply. However, it has become a strategy cutting the flow of supplies to Axis Alliance, who had no other source of supply for their military resources.

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