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Don Sebastian13 Oct 2012 10:36 a.m. PST

So, I bought the amazing "Armies of the 19th Century" dealing with he Paraguayan War. And from my understanding, it seems that the Paraguayan army had some dress uniforms on the pre and early war period, other than the red blouses (Infantry apparently had blue coats with red facings and shakos. The cavalry apparently had red hussar uniforms with black or blue facings. Some sources mention those being french inspired models adopted after President Lopez travels to france in 1855). Does anyone have more information on those uniforms?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2012 4:45 p.m. PST

Mi amigo, here there are a couple of links of your possible interest.



Hope it's help!.


Don Sebastian13 Oct 2012 9:25 p.m. PST

The links are good, but lacking in detail. Still, thank you! Anyone knows some more?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2012 9:38 p.m. PST

Tried those ones.





Hope it helps.


Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2012 5:28 a.m. PST

Terry Hooker has the best book in English on uniforms of the Paraguayan War and there is no mention of the French-style dress uniforms. I would guess that they were more theoretical than actual. Lopez did bring a number of uniforms back from France but these seem to have been issued to officers only as all references I have run across to blue jackets being worn mention officers.

There were some distinct uniforms, however. Armand's last link shows the Aca Caraya cavalry, the President's bodyguard. They wore a red jacket with a white plastron and a leather helmet with a brass plate and two black and white monkey tails attached, hence their nickname the "Monkey Heads". The Aca Moroti wore a shako with a brass plate attached, giving them the nickname "shiney heads".

Later in the war all this fancy stuff went away.

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