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The Chaco War 1932-35: South America's greatest modern conflict (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – 20 Nov 2011
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"Throughout the book are a superb collection of period photos and illustrations. This is all enhanced more by the superbly done uniform illustrations that makes this series so popular. It is another fascinating title and looks at a conflict few are truly aware took place. It is a very interesting read and can easily be recommended." - Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness
Throughout the book are a superb collection of period photos and illustrations. This is all enhanced more by the superbly done uniform illustrations that makes this series so popular. It is another fascinating title and looks at a conflict few are truly aware took place. It is a very interesting read and can easily be recommended. "Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness""
"Throughout the book are a superb collection of period photos and illustrations. This is all enhanced more by the superbly done uniform illustrations that makes this series so popular. It is another fascinating title and looks at a conflict few are truly aware took place. It is a very interesting read and can easily be recommended." --Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness
Written by an acclaimed expert on South American history, this volume sheds light on a vicious territorial war that waged in the jungles and swamps of Gran Chaco.See all Product description
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The Contents are -
.The Gran Chaco - the historical background - the road to war
P06: The Paraguayan Forces
P08: The Bolivian Forces
P10: Military Operations
.First Phase, July 1932-December 1933; Second Phase, January-December 1934; Third Phase, December 1934-June 1935; Ceasefire, truces, and aftermath; Survivors
.Infantry and artillery; Armoured vehicles
P36: The Air War
P41: Foreign Involvement
P43: Select bibliography
P44: Plate Commentaries
The Colour Plates -
A: Paraguay, Dress Uniforms. This shows three figures in dark blue uniforms -
General Jose Felix Estigarriba; Captain, Grupo de Artilleria No. 2 "General Roa"; Cadet, Escula Militar.
B: Paraguay, Service & Campaign Uniforms.
#1, Lieutenant-Colonel, Regto de Caballieria 1 "Valois Rivarola"; 2nd lieutenant, Regto de Infanteria 3 "Corrales"; #3, private, Regto de Infanteria 1 "Dos de Mayo"
#1 - khaki uniform and knee-boots; #2 - green-gray uniform with knee-boots; #3, olive green uniform shirt & trousers, barefoot, soft hat, carrying a lot of kit, along with a machine gun and a machete; shown in a trench with other weapons in the background.
C: Paraguay - three figures at a field dressing-station
#1, Surgeon Captain, Medical Corps; #2, Nurse, Paraguayan Red Cross; #3, Captain, Military Aviation Service
#1 is in a green shirt under a surgeon's gown; #2 is in a khaki uniform; #3, on a stretcher, with a grey jacket, and a leather coat draped over his lower body; splinted legs.
D: Paraguayan Navy - 3 figures with a flying boat in the background.
#1, Seaman, ARP Humaita, guard uniform; #2, Lieutenant, Aero-Naval Service, service dress; #3, Ensign, parade uniform.
#1 is in a blue sailor suit; #2 in a white uniform; #3 in a blue uniform.
E: Bolivia, Dress and Service uniforms.
#1, Brigadier-general, General Staff, dress uniform; #2, Trooper, Regto Avaroa 1st de Caballeria, service dress; #3 Major, Medical Corps, service dress.
All three figures are in Germanic grey uniforms; #3 is in a `pikelhaube', other 3 in officer's visored caps.
F: Bolivia, Field & Service Uniforms.
#1, Sergeant, Regto Florida 12th de Infanteria; #2, Major-general Hans Kundt; #3, Second lieutenant, Regto Pisagua 3rd de Artilleria
All 3 figures are in khaki / brown uniforms; #1 & #2 in jacket & trousers, #3 in shirt & trousers; all in visored caps, #2 in knee-boots, #1 & #3 in boots and leggings.
G: Bolivia, Field and Service Uniforms
#1, Sergeant, armoured unit with tank in background - a Vickers E with twin-turret; #2, Cadet, Colegio Militar; #3, Captain, Air Corps
All are in khaki, #1 & #2 in shirt and trousers, #3 in jacket & trousers.
H: representative Rank Insignia. 8 shoulder tabs.
The supporting illustrations include many photographs, many posed for the camera, a few in the field.
I have seen this war described as an "obscure little war", and, perhaps from my standpoint, an English speaking European, that is an understandable description. From the perspective of the protagonists, suffering 90000 casualties over 3 years and with consequences that do carry through today over 75 years later, I doubt that this is acceptable.
In Osprey's standard A4 slim paperback format this work does not go into tiny detail, but it does, I feel, give enough that I have a very much clearer oversight of this war, its historical context, the actions, and the outcomes - and, of course, I now have a list of reference works to address if I wish to go deeper, which I may well do.
My "draw" into this bit of history is my interest in the Vickers 6 Ton Tank, and they were deployed , albeit in tiny numbers, alongside an even smaller detachment of Carden-Lloyd tankettes, in the first instance of armoured warfare in the Americas. Given the overall context of the war, their actions are covered at surprising length and detail.
I strongly recommend this book to students of military history.
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Some interesting photos & the plates are decent.