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By Gabriele Esposito, Giuseppe Rava

ISBN-10: 1472807251

ISBN-13: 9781472807250

Among 1864 and 1870 4 countries fought in a very bloody warfare - the biggest within the heritage of South the US. The powerhouses Argentina and Brazil along tiny Uruguay on one part, and the small yet increasingly-powerful Paraguay at the different, fought a clash that was once nearly modern with the yank Civil battle and Franco-Prussian warfare, and rivalled their very excessive casualty premiums. The aftermath of the struggle observed defeated Paraguay's territory lowered, its overall inhabitants decreased by means of a spectacular 70 consistent with cent, and its financial system ruined for generations, whereas effective Brazil used to be demonstrated because the essential army energy at the continent. regardless of the intense ferocity of the struggling with and the numerous old results thereafter, little has been released in English on a struggle that formed the political map of Latin the US to this present day.

This identify booklet in a few the most important gaps through telling the tale of the boys who fought on either side, utilizing modern work, prints, and infrequent early photos mixed with specific examine and interesting research.

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Com A young Argentine drummer boy of the line infantry. He wears a blue barracks cap with yellow piping and tassel; a blue jacket with brass buttons and yellow sleeve stripes; and blue trousers, with leather leggings and white gaiters in the French 1860 style. Boys were used as drummers or messengers by all the belligerent armies, and paid a high price in losses. In the last phase of the war the Paraguayan Army was almost entirely composed of boys – many as young as 12 – and old veterans; in Paraguay today the anniversary of the battle of Acosta Ñu, August 16, is celebrated as Children’s Day in memory of the boys who died there.

Decorative green piping also surrounds the side pockets of the very baggy red trousers, which are confined by two separate items. Buff leather jambières, with black top and bottom edges and a black lacing-strip down the outside, fit over white cloth “spat”-type gaiters. The belt equipment again appears to be the French M1845; there is no separate cap pouch, since caps were carried in a compartment of the cartridge pouch on the back of the belt. The weapon, as for F2 and F3, is a French M1842T percussion rifle.

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