The Chaco War 1932-35 : South America's Greatest Modern Conflict, Paperback Book

The Chaco War 1932-35 : South America's Greatest Modern Conflict Paperback

Illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro

Part of the Men-at-Arms series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9781849084161

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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.