Air War Over the Putumayo

Colombian and Peruvian air operations during the 1932-1933 conflict

Amaru Tincopa, Santiago Rivas

During 1932, the occupation of the Colombian towns of Leticia and Tarapacá by Peruvian troops and civilians, in the Amazon region, led to a conflict that almost ended in a total war between both countries. Aviation played an important role on both sides, due to the complicated jungle environment.
Date Published :
August 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Latin America@War
Illustration :
220 photos, color profiles
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912390236
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
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$29.95

Overview
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During 1932, the occupation of the Colombian towns of Leticia and Tarapacá by Peruvian troops and civilians, in the Amazon region, led to a conflict that almost ended in a total war between both countries. Aviation played an important role on both sides, due to the complicated jungle environment, which makes any land movements almost impossible. After some ground and air combats, a ceasefire was agreed and the conflict was resolved. But the war over the Putumayo area became the baptism of fire for the Peruvian and Colombian air forces, leading, in the second case, to the development of its military aviation, which was almost nonexistent in 1932. For Peru, the result of the conflict was also a rearming process, which proved important when in 1941 it entered into war with Ecuador. This book is supported by a large number of rare and previously unpublished images, and specially commissioned color profiles showing camouflage and markings.

About The Author
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Born in Lima, Peru, in August 1977, Amaru Tincopa began his involvement in aviation history in 1998. Since then he has produced 9 books, over 30 articles and collaborated on others in both magazines and books around the world. He is a permanent contributor to several Peruvian and foreign defence journals and magazines. Focused on early Peruvian military aviation history, he manages the country’s leading vintage aviation archive which collaboratively provides data and material to local publications, media and researchers. He currently resides in Lima.

Born in June 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Santiago Rivas started his career as a photographer in aviation and defence journalism in 1997 and in 2002 he received the title of journalist in the Argentine Catholic University. Since then he has published his material in more than 80 different media around the world in all five continents, being correspondent on fourteen magazines and permanent contributor to the two Argentine aviation and defence magazines. Currently he specialises in Latin American aviation and defence matters, both historic and recent and manages the main defence and aviation archive in Argentina providing material for more than 40 magazines around the world. He has published sixteen books in six countries and contributed to many others. Santiago has travelled to most Latin American countries and Europe, working with most of the Latin American Armed Forces and now lives in Buenos Aires with his two sons and one daughter.

REVIEWS
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"Another interesting and informative addition to this series, and again I enjoyed discovering more about a history I hadn't known about beforehand"

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