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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Chaco War resources

My recent purchase of two Chaco War-related books prompted me to take a look at the printed resources I have in my collection. They include:
  • The Conduct of the Chaco War by David H Zook (1960)
  • Chaco by Frank Chadwick and Mark W Miller (1973) [An early Game Designers Workshop wargame]
  • Command Magazine: The Chaco War by Bruce Facau (1991) [Contains a game and informative article about the war]
  • Aircraft of the Chaco War 1928–35 by Dan Hagedorn and Antonio L Sapienza (2004)
  • The Green Hell: A Concise History of the Chaco War Between Bolivia and Paraguay 1932–35 by Adrian J English (2008)
  • The Chaco War – Bolivia v Paraguay 1932–35 (2nd Edition) by Adrian J English
  • The Chaco War 1932–35: South America’s greatest modern conflict (Osprey Men at Arms No.474) written by Alejandro M de Quesada and illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro (2011)
  • A Scale Modeller's Guide to Aircraft of the Gran Chaco War by Richard Humberstone (2015)
  • The Chaco Air War: The First Modern Air War in Latin America by Antonio Sapienza (2018)

As far as I can see this is a fairly comprehensive list of resources ... and making it made me realise that wargaming the Chaco War is another project that I want to do at some time.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Bob,

    That looks a well rounded collection and I know that you will get around to gaming it at some point. As I recall you drew up some figure and equipment bases for a DBA based set of rules although nowadays I suspect we are knee deep in Portable Wargame territory!

    All the best,

    DC

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    1. David Crook,

      I think that you are right, and that one day I will get around to wargaming the Chaco War - or something based on it - using my PW rules.

      The DBA-style rules and 2D units counters can still be downloaded from the Wargame Developments website.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Bob,
    An excellent set of books on the subject of the CHACO War you have there- more than enough to delve into a Portable Game series of scenarios....perhaps time to dig out your Peter Lang 15mm for an assessment on the figures situation. All the best. KEV.

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    1. Kev Robertson,

      It probably wouldn't take a lot of time and effort to renovate my existing Peter Laing Chaco War figures and set up some PW battles. I have a couple of other projects to complete first, but it has been added to my 'to do' list.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Not a war I knew anything whatever about. Seems to be just the kind of thing I've been looking for with my 'Latin Wars', although the countries involved (Orotina, Gran Bolivaria and the Pan-Andean People's Republic are rather richer and more lavishly equipped (with WW2 war surplus equipment) than Paraguay and Bolivia seem to have been.

    That's a campaign for the Portable War Game methinks...

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      It is a war that is well worth studying. It was the bloodiest war fought on the South Anerican continent and took place in an almost uninhabited (and uninhabitable) area.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. Bob,
    Bruce Farceau also wrote a very comprehensive book on the Chaco War. It was pricey when published and is now OOP I believe. In the way of things, I suspect it now commands high prices.
    In addition to your sources (I haven't found a copy of Zook and the old GDW board game is pricey) Marshall Estigarribia's memoirs have been translated into English "The Epic of the Chaco", which is worth looking out for as is Adrian English's "Armed Forces of Latin America". I also have a Spanish language book on armour in Latin America which includes the Chaco.
    Neil

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    1. Neil Patterson,

      I'd love to get hold of a copy of Bruce Farceau's book, but doubt if I could afford it! I didn't know that Estigarriba's memoirs had been published in English (something for me to look for!), but I do own a copy of Adrian English's book ... and ought to add it to my list of resources.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    1. Geordie an Exiled FoG,

      It is the product of long campaign of searching real and virtual bookshops ... which in itself was an interesting journey of discovery.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  6. Always a pleasure to see a bibliography assembled. I keep some of my own too.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Pete.,

      One day I will produce a proper catalogue of my books etc. Another thing to add to my 'to do' list!

      All the best,

      Bob

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