Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-70 : Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay & Argentina, Paperback

Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-70 : Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay & Argentina Paperback

Illustrated by Giuseppe Rava

Part of the Men-at-Arms series

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The War of the Triple Alliance is the largest single conflict in the history of South America.

Drawing Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay into conflict the war was characterized by extraordinarily high casualty rates, and was to shape the future of an entire continent - depopulating Paraguay and establishing Brazil as the predominant military power.

Despite the importance of the war, little information is available in English about the armies that fought it.

This book analyzes the combatants of the four nations caught up in the war, telling the story of the men who fought on each side, illustrated with contemporary paintings, prints, and early photographs.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, 48 col
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9781472807250



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The War of the Triple Alliance was a nasty affair among four nations in South America: Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Paraguay's crazy president and dictator Francisco Solano López who inherited the presidency from his father. Fearing the growing future strength of his neighboring countries, he kicked off a war against them all. As Paraguay is situated in a forsaken spot, it took the others quite some time to create, move and sustain effective armies there. Like the South in the American Civil War, López managed to inflict defeats against superior forces early in the war until he had fully exhausted the resources and the goodwill of his people. Paraguay suffered terribly for the senseless war, much more than the Confederacy. Any Southerner complaining about Sherman's march through Georgia might be well advised to have a look at what happened to Paraguay.This Osprey MAA title offers an all too short introduction to the topic. It is simply not possible to give adequate coverage toa 6 year war of 4 nations in 48 pages. Osprey should have published it either as two MAA or a Campaign title(s). With fewer than 4 pages per army, the author can only list the basics of each army. The short text about the war also suffers from concatenation by squeezing multiple facts into single sentences. The maps included lack scales and are sometimes quite confusing. The most recent non-English publication listed in the bibliography dates from 1990. There must have been more recent publications produced for the ongoing bicentennial. The highlight of the title are the very vivid paintings by Giuseppe Rava. Get the booklet for the illustrations and because there isn't much else readily available in English.