Armies of the War of the Pacific 1879-83: Chile, Peru & by Gabriele Esposito, Giuseppe Rava

By Gabriele Esposito, Giuseppe Rava

The Pacific warfare was once the climax of the decades-long Wars of Liberation, and is likely one of the most crucial conflicts in South American historical past. After profitable 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 means of the neighboring powers, fairly Chile.

By the 1870s Chilean army superiority and expansionist regulations exploded into complete scale clash. This ebook examines the troops, uniforms and gear utilized by forces on all 3 aspects of the clash and lines the occasions of the battle from the early naval blockades to the full-scale amphibious landings undertaken through the Chilean forces. The warfare resulted in 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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E1: Trooper, Cazadores del Rímac, 1880 Formed on March 26, 1880, this regiment had two squadrons, one of mounted fusiliers and the other of lancers. The regiment was completely turned out as per the Chilean Carabineros de Yungay, with that unit’s clothing and equipment from the captured transport ship Rímac. The only prescribed difference from the original Chilean uniform was a brass bugle-horn badge that should have been worn on the képi and collar to replace the Carabineers’ crossed carbine-and-saber, shown here.

A dark brown sling supports the classic Chilean caramañola water bottle, not visible here (see Plate C2). The weapon (just visible hanging beside his leg) is a Spencer carbine, the most common alternative to the Winchester; officers frequently had Lefaucheux revolvers. Again, the saber is a French M1839 Chatellerault. B3: Trooper, Carabineros de Yungay, 1881 This unit was formed on May 8, 1879, soon after the beginning of the war. Like the other two cavalry regiments, for the 1880 Lima campaign it received new light blue-gray campaign uniforms.

Some units on the right wing fought bravely, but this makeshift force had no chance of victory against Chilean veterans. The small core of the forces organized by Cáceres was provided by veterans of previous campaigns, but the real key to the Peruvian successes in the Sierra were the bands of guerrillas recruited from the Quechua Indian villages, who naturally had the advantage of intimate knowledge of the terrain. Being mountaineers born and bred, they could walk for enormous distances and climb to great altitudes; unlike the Chileans sent into the Andes, they were unaffected by the cold or by the puña (altitude sickness).

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