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Monday, 18 November 2019

The Paraguayan War 1864-70

When I saw that Osprey had published THE PARAGUAYAN WAR 1864-70: THE TRIPLE ALLIANCE AT STAKE IN LA PLATA, I had to have a copy. Thanks to my Amazon Prime membership, a copy was delivered the day after I ordered it, and I am looking forward to reading it over the next few days.


The book is divided into eight chapters, a bibliography, and an index:
  • Origins of the Campaign
    • The strategic context
  • Chronology
  • Opposing Commanders
    • Paraguayan
    • Triple Alliance
  • Opposing Forces
    • Paraguayan
    • Triple Alliance
    • The opposing navies
  • Opposing Plans
    • Paraguayan
    • Triple Alliance
  • The Campaign
    • Brazil intervenes in Uruguay, 1964
    • Paraguay invades Mato Grosso
    • The Paraguayan occupation of Corrientes, 1865
    • The Battle of Riachuelo, 11th June, 1865
    • Yatay and Uruguayana, August to September, 1865
    • The Alliance advance on Paraguay, 1866
    • The Battle of Estero Bellaco, 2nd May, 1866
    • The First Battle of Tuyuti, 24th May, 1866
    • The Battle of Boqueron del Sauce, July 1866
    • The Battles of Curuzu and Curupayti, September 1866
    • The long stalemate, September 1866 to July 1867
    • The Second Battle of Tuyuti, and the fall of Humaita
    • The Pikysyry manoeuvre and the beginning of the Dezembrada, 1868
    • The Battle of Avay and Lomas Valentinas
    • The Hills Campaign and the death of Lopez, 1869-70
  • Aftermath
  • The Battlefield Today
  • Bibliography
  • Index

THE PARAGUAYAN WAR 1864-70: THE TRIPLE ALLIANCE AT STAKE IN LA PLATA was written by Gabriele Esposito, illustrated by Giuseppe Rava, and published in 2019 by Osprey Publishing as No.342 in the 'Campaign' series (ISBN 978 1 4728 3444 7).

8 comments:

  1. Hi Bob,

    I am not in the least bit surprised you have a copy of this! Lots of Portable Wargame inspiration for sure!

    All the best,

    DC

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  2. Many decades ago I remember asking Cameron of Freikorps 15's what his next big period would be. The 'Great Paraguayan War' was his answer. I wish I had this book then.

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    1. Jim Duncan,

      I was also tempted by the Freikorps 15 figures, but never got around to buying any. It is something that I now regret.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. One of those wars that are the more intriguing for their obscurity. But overall, it seems even more one-sided (so to speak) than the American Civil War. Still, a volume like this might have provided some background for one of my projects that never got off the ground, the Amazonian Civil War, between the United States of Anaconda, and the secessionist Confederated States of Amazonia.

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      If the war had started a few months later, the Paraguayan Navy might have taken delivery of the ironclads they had on order, and this might have evened things up a bit. As it was, the Paraguayans fought hard and by the end of the war their doggedness had made the Triple Alliance’s victory a very costly one.

      I think that it would be excellent background reading for you imagi-war.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. This loops a "must have"
    I still mean to get the Osprey on the 1863 French intervention in Mexico!

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    1. Geordie an Exiled FoG,

      You must have quite a number of ‘must gave’ books on your list!

      All the best,

      Bob

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