The Chaco War 1932-35 : South America's Greatest Modern Conflict Paperback
Illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro
Part of the Men-at-Arms series
The Chaco War was massive territorial war between Bolivia and Paraguay, which cost almost a 100,000 lives.
An old fashioned territorial dispute, the contested area was the Gran Chaco Boreal, a 100,000-square mile region of swamp, jungle and pampas with isolated fortified towns.
The wilderness terrain made operations difficult and costly as the war see-sawed between the two sides.
Bolivian troops, under the command of a German general, Hans von Kundt, had early successes, but these stalled in the face of a massive mobilization programme by the Paraguans which saw their force increase in size ten-fold to 60,000 men.
This book sheds light on a vicious territorial war that waged in the jungles and swamps of the Gran Chaco and is illustrated with rare photographs and especially commissioned artwork.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 48 pages, 42 b/w; 8 col
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/11/2011
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9781849084161
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Review by spaceowl
A good primer in English on one of the world's truly obscure wars. Typical Osprey in fashion, it gives a decent historical background, analyses the action and then reviews the uniforms, weapons and equipment of the participants. The illustrations are adequate and the text is lively and thorough.For a more in-depth examination of the war, try The Green Hell by Adrian English.