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The Chaco War 1932-1935 - Latin America @ War No.20 - Helion & Company via Casemate UK


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The Chaco War 1932-1935

Fighting in the Green Hell

Latin America @ War No.20

ISBN : 9781913118730

Helion & Company via Casemate UK




The Chaco War is considered one, if not the first modern conflict in South America. The Chaco War was fought between Paraguay and Bolivia between 1932 and 1935 for control over the Northern part of The Gran Chaco region which was thought to be rich in oil.  It is attributed that the conflict was as a result of Royal Dutch Shell backing Paraguay, and Standard Oil backing Bolivia for the said oil rights. It was not helped by Argentina looking to import oil from here as well. The war was one the first in the region to use mechanised transport and tanks, however the regions arid terrain and lack of water caused issues with water cooled engines, and the dust caused its own mechanical issues including the jamming of machine guns on both sides.  The lack of water also had problems with cavalry regiments forcing them to forgo their horses and fight as infantry. 




The book is 72 pages long with many black & white photographs used throughout from archives in Paraguay and Bolivia. There are nine colour profiles and 11 colour maps. The book considers the historical back ground to the conflict, This book considers the ground war only, Latin America @ War No.8 gives a lot more detail on the Air War and one of the first Aerial conflict in South America. 






This book will give the reader a good understanding of the History of this little known conflict. Despite many books and articles over the years from Foreign historians this is the first book from a local author who has researched the conflict with extensive access to local personal and private archives and this shows. Highly recommended. 




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4 hours ago, SleeperService said:

Any comment on print photo reproduction and paper quality Julian?

I've brought several Helion titles and the production values seem very low.

I dont have any problems with the @war titles, I have quite a few and have no issues with the quality of them.

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