Armies of the War of the Pacific 1879–83

Chile, Peru & Bolivia

Armies of the War of the Pacific 1879–83 cover


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.

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

Product details

Published Jan 19 2016
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472814067
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 504
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Gabriele Esposito

GABRIELE ESPOSITO is a professor of modern history…


Giuseppe Rava

Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took…


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