Brazilian Expeditionary Force in World War II

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 20 déc. 2011 - 48 pages
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In the English-speaking world, it is generally unknown that a volunteer Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB) fought alongside the US Army in Italy from mid-1944 until the end of the war. This was in effect a light infantry division, consisting of three infantry regiments augmented with artillery and light armour. It was supported by a Brazilian Air Force contingent of a light reconnaissance squadron as well as a P-47 Thunderbolt-equipped fighter squadron. Although all weapons, uniform, kit and equipment were either American-supplied or American models, there were distinctive Brazilian adaptations to uniforms and other key pieces of kit. This is a seriously researched volume on a little-studied subject matter complete with a range of previously unpublished photographs and specially commissioned artwork plates.
 

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COVER
1
TITLE
2
INTRODUCTION
3
The Brazilian armed forces in the interwar period
4
Brazil joins the Allies 1942
5
THE BRAZILIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
6
Personnel and training
8
ITALY
9
1st Reconnaissance Troop
22
The final advance
33
The postwar years
34
THE BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE SQUADRONS
35
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
36
FEB uniforms
37
Insignia
39
Helmet insignia
41

THE BRAZILIAN DIVISION IN BATTLE
11
Holding the line December 1944February 1945
13
Closequarter combat by night
14
OPERATION ENCORE
15
MONTESE AND THE PO VALLEY
18
FURTHER READING SOURCES
42
PLATE COMMENTARIES
43
INDEX
48
IMPRINT
49
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Cesar Campiani Maximiano and Ricardo Bonalume are two Brazilian-based journalists and historians who have spent several years investigating this subject with the former completing his PhD dissertation on the Brazilian Expeditionary Force. Ramiro Bujeiro has become a frequent and popular contributor to Osprey Military's book series since illustrating Warrior 23: US Marine in Vietnam (1998). He is an experienced commercial artist who lives and works in his native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His professional background includes many commissions as a figure illustrator and strip cartoonist for clients all over Europe and the Americas, including many years' work for IPC Magazines in Great Britain.

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