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The Paulista War Volume 1

The Last Civil War in Brazil, 1932

Series : Latin America@War #18

Author : Javier Garcia de Gabiola

The Paulista War Volume 1 : The Last Civil War in Brazil, 1932


General - Pages : 80 | Images : 101 b/w photos, 6 b/w maps, 16 tables, 18 colour aircraft profiles, 3 colour figures, 2 colour maps

Paperback - Date of Publication : June 2020 | Size : 297mm x 210mm | ISBN : 9781912866380 | Helion Book Code : HEL1129

The Year 1932 was not only the year in which the famous carnival of Rio de Janeiro was organized for the first time, or the giant statue of the Christ the Redeemer was placed on top of the Corcovado mountain ridge: tragically, it was also the year of the last civil war fought in Brazil. On 9 July 1932, about 35,000 men from two Brazilian federal states - Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul – rose in arms against the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas, demanding the return to constitutionality and democracy. This movement became known as the ‘Constitutionalist’, while its members became known as the ‘Paulistas’. The Brazilian government reacted with brute force: it deployed over 100,000 troops supported by heavy artillery and combat aircraft. The result was the biggest war ever fought in Brazil: the first ever campaign to see strategic aerial bombardment conducted in the Americas; the first aircraft shot down in air combat, and the first to see night bombing operations. Following three months of bitter fighting – which often degenerated into trench warfare – the Paulistas were defeated. Indeed, the end of this conflict brought to the end a period of successive civil wars fought in Brazil since 1889. The Paulista War – the first authoritative account of this conflict ever published in the English language – provides a blow-by-blow account of both aerial and ground combat operations. It is lavishly illustrated with a collection of authentic photographs and exclusive colour profiles, and as such is an indispensable source of reference about this crucial moment in the history of the largest country in South America.


"Helion is onto something with this series of books, opening a continent of historical wars that are rarely covered in English. Gabiola’s contribution is an excellent addition to that library. Nor have the production values been spared: The Paulista War contains black and white photos, propaganda posters, and high quality, full colour illustrations of warplanes and uniforms. [The author] includes good, clear maps, which makes events easier to follow. The result is an engaging read and I look forward to Volume II." Neil Smith - www.hamsterwrangler.com


"...this English-language chronicle splendidly fills a yawning gap in Latin American conflict studies." Cybermodeler


"For those of us who know little about wars in the Americas, this is a superb volume and one that I can highly recommend to you." ModelingMadness.com


"The book does a fine job at dissecting all the political and military entities involved in the war. It contains 92 black and white photos, nine black and white illustrations, eight black and white maps, two color maps, three color uniform illustrations, and 18 color profiles of aircraft.” Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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