Marmagao (73.798E 15.406N) is was the principal port of the Portuguese territory of Goa on the west coast of India. As such, it was neutral territory throughout the Pacific War.

The port was the target of a highly unconventional raid by India Mission of the SOE. The German freighter Erhrenfels, anchored at Marmagao, had been transmitting information on Allied merchant shipping movements, but a group of middle-aged volunteers boarded the ship and sank her with scuttling charges. Two other German merchantmen in the harbor were promptly scuttled by their captains, who were misled into believing that their ships were in danger of capture by British forces..


Felton (2009)

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