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Lilian19 Mar 2012 9:28 a.m. PST

very good surprise at Partizan Press, an other Latinoamerican title with Ron Poulter text and artwork

Sabres Across the Pampa : The Argentinian Indian Wars
Ron Poulter
ISBN: 978-1-85818-637-5
176 pages
(numerous black and white photos throughout plus 24 detailed colour plates by the author)
265mm x 200mm
£45.00 GBP

This book shows the dress and uniforms worn by the opposing forces in what could be called "The Wild West of Argentina". This was a long drawn out conflict against the Indian tribes, who fearlessly for centuries resisted, first the Spanish and later Argentinian domination.

This work brings to the English speaking world for the first time, the colourful dresses worn by the many Indian tribes in this bloody war. The Indians wore a variety of costumes such as: animal hides and feathers right up to chain mail and armour. It also shows the uniforms worn by the many armies and militias sent against these defiant tribes. The soldiers wore a variety of colourful uniforms along with the indigenous dress. Also shown are; loyal Indian Corps, Italian Bersaglieri and naval dress.

The Indian wars of North America have been covered extensively in hundreds of books but the Indian wars in South America have been sadly neglected. Ron's work rectifies this omission with his book which contains 24 colour plates of his original artwork, showing the colourful figures which took part in both sides of the conflict, never seen before outside South America. Complementing this there are approximately 160 colour and black and white pictures of contemporary drawings and paintings, also included are the works of early photographers who accompany the army on the later campaigns, these show the officers and men, Indians, uniforms, dress, arms, equipment etc.

Ron has worked from the contemporary Spanish sources, books, journals, diaries, official documents and dress regulations of the participants of the war. This book will be of great interest to the growing readers of South American Military History and Uniforms.


Travellera19 Mar 2012 11:32 a.m. PST

Great suggestion! Thanks!

Liberators Inactive Member19 Mar 2012 12:10 p.m. PST

Looks very interesting. I'm especially looking forward to his depictions of the Indians. I have some black and white illustrations from various Argentinean sources and am curious how they match up with Poulter's findings.

Lilian22 Mar 2012 9:51 a.m. PST

there is one plate added


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