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By Gabriele Esposito, Giuseppe Rava

ISBN-10: 1472814061

ISBN-13: 9781472814067

The Pacific conflict was once the climax of the decades-long Wars of Liberation, and is likely one of the most vital conflicts in South American historical past. After successful their independence from Spain in 1825, Peru and Bolivia grew to become separate countries - yet over the next years repeated makes an attempt to re-unite them have been annoyed by way of the neighboring powers, rather Chile.

By the 1870s Chilean army superiority and expansionist guidelines exploded into complete scale clash. This publication examines the troops, uniforms and gear utilized by forces on all 3 aspects of the clash and strains the occasions of the battle from the early naval blockades to the full-scale amphibious landings undertaken by way of the Chilean forces. The battle led to overall victory for Chile, and that country's emergence thereafter as 'the Prussia of South America', whereas it expense Peru a profitable province, and Bolivia its outlet to the Pacific coast.

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The white trousers have a narrow stripe in the unit’s facing color (as for the other two battalions). Note also the traditional Bolivian decorated leather bag carried as a haversack. He is armed with a Snider-Enfield rifle. G4: Private, 3rd Infantry Battalion Illimani/“Verdes,” 1879 The 3rd Line Inf Bn or “Greens” were designated as cazadores, and wore a bugle-horn shako badge. Again, a common feature of campaign dress for troops throughout the Andean region was the traditional poncho worn wrapped around the waist under the belt.

Red trousers with blue stripe. White leather belts and sword-knot. (Drawing by benedetto esposito) 37 After the disastrous defeats of the first land campaign and the subsequent fall of Daza, the Bolivian Army was completely reorganized for the second campaign, acquiring a more distinct national identity and abolishing most of the old unit titles given by Daza. For example, his loyal Colorados became the Bn Alianza; and the 3rd Line Inf, destroyed during the first campaign, was re-formed with soldiers from the National Guard Bn Columna Loa and was thus renamed Loa.

Since 1857 it had been converted into an elite unit famous for its rigid discipline and intensive training, becoming a sort of “praetorian guard” which helped various Bolivian dictators in their rise to power and during their subsequent rule. For this reason the Colorados always enjoyed preferential treatment from the current caudillo, receiving better equipment and weapons, and enlisting taller and stronger men than the Indios who made up the bulk of the Bolivian rank and file. During Daza’s presidency the majority of the unit’s soldiers were his relatives or friends; of 593 men, 370 held ranks above that of common soldier and thus received higher pay.

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