COIN Operations in Paraguay

Dirty Little Wars 1956-1980

Antonio Luis Sapienza

The first detailed- and richly illustrated study of multiple insurgencies and armed uprisings, and counterinsurgency operations of the Paraguayan armed- and security forces of the 1956-1980 period, both in English and Spanish languages.
Date Published :
March 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Latin America@War
Illustration :
191 b/w photos, 5 color photos, 18 color profiles, 3 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781915070746
Pages : 72
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : Available


From 1954 Paraguay was held in the grip of a Right-wing dictatorship under General Alfredo Stroessner. In the years that followed, a number of opposition groups resorted to armed struggle in order to achieve their aims. Government countermeasures were brutal, with torture and extra-judicial killings being routinely employed.

COIN Operations in Paraguay is the first detailed English-language account of these armed opposition groups, their aims, their structures and their campaigns against the Stroessner government. It also details the ruthless government reaction and the support and opposition of other Latin American governments to the situation in Paraguay at this time. In addition to these conflicts within Paraguay, the 1980 assassination on Paraguayan soil of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the exiled last dictator of Nicaragua, is examined in detail.

COIN Operations in Paraguay includes over 190 photographs and 18 specially commission full-color artworks.

About The Author

Antonio Luis Sapienza Fracchia was born in Asunción, Paraguay on 14th May 1960. He graduated from the Catholic University of Asunción where he got a B.A. in Clinical Psychology. He also took specialized English courses at Tulane University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and San Diego State University in California. He is at present an English Teacher and one of the Academic Coordinators at the Centro Cultural Paraguayo-Americano (CCPA), a binational institute in Asunción. Married with two children, he resides in the capital. In his function as an aviation historian, Sapienza became a founding member of the Instituto Paraguayo de Historia Aeronáutica “Silvio Pettirossi”, and wrote more than 500 related articles for specialised press around the world. Sapienza has received five decorations for his academic merits, and published eleven books. This is his third instalment for Helion.


"This examination of guerrilla incursions and government counterinsurgency operations contains exemplary detail and makes for fascinating reading."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"Superbly written and full of great photos and maps as well a center section of profiles and other artwork, this book gives the reader an excellent look into what the subtitle calls the 'dirty little wars' in Paraguay during this 25 year period."

- ModelingMadness.Com

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