Brazilians at War Book Review
|Date of Review||March 2018||Title||Brazilians at War|
|Format||88 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$39.95|
World War II witnessed combatants from all continents except Antarctica.
Now Santiago Rivas surveys the saga of South America's principal participants in Brazilians at War: Brazilian Aviation in the Second World War – fourth in Helion's superb "Latin America @ War" series.
Coverage divides into three parts:
- Prewar Brazilian military aviation
- WWII operations by Brazilian and US forces in Brazil
- Brazilian fighter and observation actions in Italy
Contents course chronologically through the whole terrific tale. And plenty of absorbing action accounts pepper the plot.
It's lavishly illustrated, too.
Dozens of B&W photos depict Brazilian combat aircraft – including rarities like camouflaged Boeing 267 biplane fighters, sleek Vultee V-11 attack aircraft, and surprising Savoia-Marchetti S.79 transport-bombers.
A handful of period color shots – mostly Força Aérea Brasileira P-47Ds in Italy – also supplement these. And eleven excellent color profiles and two unit badges by Tom Cooper sample the swath of Brazilian warplane warpaint.
How about that comely A-20K camouflage?
Two maps, six appendices, and a selected bibliography neatly wrap things up.
But US Army terms like "2nd Sergeant" and "3rd Sergeant" sound strange. More likely, they're USAAF technician-grade ranks – "Technical Sergeant" and "Staff Sergeant", respectively. Moreover, 1st ELO L-4Hs doubtlessly flew from fields with Marston Mat or pierced steel planking (PSP) – not from strips with "aluminium [aluminum] plates".
But I quibble.
Get this superb little study. Then hope Helion supplements it with a sequel on the rest of the story – WWII Brazilian land forces in Italy, and Brazilian Navy units in the Battle of the Atlantic.
My sincere thanks to Casemate Publishing for this review sample!