Monday, 8 November 2010

Naval aspects of the War of the Triple Alliance

The War of the Triple Alliance was fought from 1864 to 1870 between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay (the Triple Alliance), and only ended when most of the male population of Paraguay was killed.

The Brazilian Ironclad Rio de Janeiro, sinking after hitting a mine on 2nd September 1866 during the war with Paraguay.
The naval actions fought during the war had similarities with the riverine battles that took place during the American Civil War. The armoured warships used by the Brazilians and Paraguayans were a mixture of turreted and casemate ironclads, and they were often mechanically very unreliable and relatively slow. As such they would be ideal prototypes for the models I intend to make so that I can play-test my MEMOIR OF BATTLE AT SEA (1860 – 1870) naval wargames rules.

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