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The Chaco Air War 1932-35: The First Modern Air War in Latin America (LatinAmerica@War)

The Chaco Air War 1932-35: The First Modern Air War in Latin America (LatinAmerica@War)
Autor: Antonio Sapienza
Data publikacji: 2017-11
ISBN: 9781911512967
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 29.7 x 21 centimetres
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 100
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  over 220 ills, mostly b/w, colour maps & aircraft profiles
The Chaco War was probably the first "modern" conflict in Latin America where military aviation was widely used in all roles. Bolivia, as the reader will find out, had a very powerful military air force, but unfortunately for them and luckily for Paraguay, its high army command did not take advantage of it. On the other hand, the Paraguayan Commander-in-Chief, General Jose Felix Estigarribia used military aviation to help him defeat the enemy on the ground, and the result was clear: the Bolivians were expelled from the Chaco after three years of war. Previous publications have focused on the Chaco Air War with the aircraft technical details and almost no information on aerial operations, which is this book's centrepiece. All dogfights and bombing missions mentioned are detailed including crews, aircraft, serials, places and outcomes. The book also describes how both military air forces were organized, how pilots and aviation mechanics were trained, how and where aircraft were purchased and many other unpublished before details. The maps included in the book will help the reader have an idea of where aerial operations took place, both combatants air bases, Bolivia's plan to conquer the whole region and how the Paraguayan Army finally expelled the enemy out of the Chaco. The text is supported by a large number of photographs, and specially commissioned colour profile artworks from modelers.

About the Author

Antonio Luis Sapienza Fracchia was born in Asuncion, Paraguay on 14 May 1960. He graduated from the Catholic University of Asuncion, where he got a BA in Clinical Psychology. He also took specialized English courses at the Tulane University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and the San Diego State University in California, USA. He is, at present, an English teacher and one of the academic coordinators at the Centro Cultural Paraguayo-Americano (CCPA), which is a bi-national institute in Asuncion. Married with two children, he resides in the capital and is an aviation historian, as well as a founding member of the Instituto Paraguayo de Historia Aeronautica 'Silvio Pettirossi'. He is also a corresponding member of similar institutes and academies in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Spain, the United States and Uruguay. Antonio has written more than 500 articles for specialized magazines and webpages on Paraguayan aviation history and has given numerous lectures in schools, universities, institutes, military and civil institutions in Paraguay and abroad. Since 2010, he has been an aviation history professor in the Paraguayan Air Force (FAP). To date, he has had nine books published: Aircraft of the Chaco War, 1928-1935, with Daniel P. Hagedorn in the US (1996); Potez 25, with several aviation historians in France (1996); Pioneros de la Aviacion Iberoamericana, with several aviation historians in Spain (1999); La Historia de Lineas Aereas Paraguayas (LAP) in Paraguay (2004); La Contribucion Italiana en la Aviacion Paraguaya in Paraguay (2007); Silvio Pettirossi. El Rey del Aire in Paraguay (2011); El Pajaro Verde. Cien anos del primer vuelo en Paraguay, with Luis Veron in Paraguay (2012); Fuerza Aerea Paraguaya, Historia Ilustrada, 1913-2013 in Paraguay (2013); and Agustin Pasmor. Un gran heroe aeronautico del Paraguay in Paraguay (2016). Antonio has received a total of five decorations for his academic merits: The Orden al Merito Newberiano, given by the Instituto Argentino de Historia Aeronautica in 1995; The Cruz Newberiana Academica by the Instituto Nacional Newberiano of Argentina in 1998; The Orden al Merito Santos Dumont by the Forca Aerea Brasileira in 2003; The Medalla de la Aeronautica by the Fuerza Aerea Paraguaya in 2003; and The Medal Dinac Honor al Merito by the Direccion Nacional de Aeronautica Civil in 2010.

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