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By Gabriele Esposito, Giuseppe Rava

The Pacific conflict was once the climax of the decades-long Wars of Liberation, and is without doubt one of the most crucial conflicts in South American historical past. After successful their independence from Spain in 1825, Peru and Bolivia turned separate international locations - yet over the subsequent years repeated makes an attempt to re-unite them have been pissed off by means of the neighboring powers, quite Chile.

By the 1870s Chilean army superiority and expansionist guidelines exploded into complete scale clash. This publication examines the troops, uniforms and kit utilized by forces on all 3 aspects of the clash and strains the occasions of the struggle from the early naval blockades to the full-scale amphibious landings undertaken by way of the Chilean forces. The battle resulted in overall victory for Chile, and that country's emergence thereafter as 'the Prussia of South America', whereas it price Peru a profitable province, and Bolivia its outlet to the Pacific coast.

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The small bands of Indian guerrilleros were armed with a variety of weapons including traditional Quechua spears, javelins, and slings, but also agricultural tools used as improvised weapons: axes, pitchforks, and machetes. This breñero is an exception in having received a Peabody-Martini rifle; his equipment is limited to a small leather bag for ammunition. F2: Guardsman, National Guard Battalion Vengadores de Grau, 1879 This unit took the name “Avengers of Grau” in memory of the Peruvian naval hero who had died at Angamos.

The battalion never went to war; it remained in garrison in the occupied province of Antofagasta, but also served as a source of combat replacements. It wore captured Prussian-style Peruvian Pickelhaube helmets; these had been confiscated by Chilean customs officers and were originally worn by the National Guard Bn Chacabuco, but when that unit adopted the képi its helmets were given to the Antofagasta Battalion. Officers, by contrast, wore white cork helmets with brass chinscales and a number “1” on the front.

D1: Private, Battalion Huancayo, 1881 This unit, the second of infantry to be formed for the defense of Lima, was one of the few to survive that action, and marched into the central Andes to continue resistance. General Cáceres’s Army of the Center was very short of uniforms and equipment: with his limited funds, Cáceres bought some blue calico to make simple uniforms like this one. The all-red képi was the only item of dress used throughout Cáceres’s army, in order to distinguish its units from those of Iglesias’s Army of the North, which had all-blue caps.

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