The Pacific War was the climax of the decades-long Wars of Liberation, and is one of the most important conflicts in South American history. After winning their independence from Spain in 1825, Peru and Bolivia became separate nations - but over the following years repeated attempts to re-unite them were frustrated by the neighboring powers, particularly Chile.
By the 1870s Chilean military superiority and expansionist policies exploded into full scale conflict. This book examines the troops, uniforms and equipment used by forces on all three sides of the conflict and traces the events of the war from the early naval blockades to the full-scale amphibious landings undertaken by the Chilean forces. The war ended in total victory for Chile, and that country's emergence thereafter as 'the Prussia of South America', while it cost Peru a lucrative province, and Bolivia its outlet to the Pacific coast.
About the Author
Gabriele Esposito is an Italian native, and a long-time student of South American wars. He has previously written magazine articles on the War of the Triple Alliance amongst other subjects and is the author of MAA 499 Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-70, published in March 2015.
Table of Contents
Introduction – the importance of the war for South American history, and its political and military consequences for the nations involved /The road to war /Chronology /The land campaigns: first – Chilean occupation of Peruvian province of Tarapacá, 1879 ; second – Arica and Tacna campaign, January–May 1880; third – Lima campaign, November–December 1880; fourth – Peruvian guerrilla resistance in the Sierras, 1881–83 /Navies and naval operations – Iquiquique and Antofagasta /The Chilean army – organization, uniforms, weapons, tactics and performance /The Peruvian army – organization, uniforms, weapons, tactics and performance /The Bolivian army – organization, uniforms, weapons, tactics and performance /Conclusion /Bibliography /Plate Commentaries