Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864–70

Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864–70

Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay & Argentina

Men-at-Arms 499
  • Author: Gabriele Esposito
  • Illustrator: Giuseppe Rava
  • Short code: MAA 499
  • Publication Date: 20 Mar 2015
  • Number of Pages: 48
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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.

Biographical Note

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian native, and a long-time student of South American wars. He has previously written magazine articles on the War of the Triple Alliance amongst other subjects.Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took an interest in all things military from an early age. Entirely self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military history artist, and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as Detaille, Meissonier, Röchling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride.


Introduction: the background & regional rivalries
The Paraguayan offensive, 1865-66
The Allied counter-offensive, 1867-68: development of Allied military superiority, and first serious Paraguayan defeats
The occupation of Paraguay, 1869-70, and the guerrilla resistance
Naval operations: riverine and maritime
The Armies (organization, commanders, tactics, operations and uniforms of): Paraguayan Republic - Brazilian Empire - Argentine Republic - Uruguayan Republic
Conclusion: aftermath and consequences

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