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Anton Ryzbak28 Oct 2019 8:54 p.m. PST


Osprey Campaigns has recently released this title. A pretty good introduction to the conflict that had all the brutality of the ACW, the fancy uniforms of the Franco-Prussian War and the most hellish terrain to fight over. link

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2019 1:17 a.m. PST

Does it cover the naval side of the war in any detail?

Anton Ryzbak29 Oct 2019 3:00 a.m. PST

Not to any great extent, it mentions the Brazilian Navy only when it interacts with land-based forts. No technical data and few pictures

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Oct 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

all the brutality of the ACW

If you look at the loss rates of this war, the ACW was a gentlemans cricket game against this. Paraguay lost more then half of its population. In relation it was the most devastating war of its time, probably of modern times.

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Oct 2019 9:00 a.m. PST

Does it cover the naval side of the war in any detail?

Not to any great extent,

The book by Terry Hooker has some good information on the naval campaign.

khanscom29 Oct 2019 10:24 a.m. PST

"Does it cover the naval side of the war in any detail?"

I'd recommend "Warships at the Battle of Riachuelo" by Wm. E. Warner for a start-- also has quite detailed data on ships' armaments and plans.

We've used "Ironclad/ Ironclad Gunboat" rules and scratchbuilt ships to play a couple of what-if battles from this war.

Anton Ryzbak29 Oct 2019 7:20 p.m. PST

You are absolutely right; I had just finished reading an account of the fighting at the Hornet's Nest which is what brought the comparison to my mind. Lopez's refusal to accept a negotiated settlement is what caused this Götterdämmerung to befall his people; their loyalty to his person was incredible.

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Oct 2019 12:06 a.m. PST

Thanks for that tip – to say it with Bercow: Order(ed)

Historydude1808 Nov 2019 9:22 a.m. PST

I'm considering getting this since I want to know more about the Paraguayan War.

Historydude1808 Nov 2019 9:53 a.m. PST

And BTW, what brutality was there in the ACW? I know the battles were horribly bloody but I'm not aware of any major war crimes except of course for Andersonville. Did the Paraguayan War have any widespread massacres of civilians or mistreatment of POWS?

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