Paulista War

Volume 2 - The Last Civil War in Brazil, 1932

Javier G. de Gabiola

The first authoritative account of the Paulista War published in the English language, providing a detailed account of both aerial and ground combat operations.
Date Published :
June 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Latin America@War
Illustration :
104 b/w photos & illustrations, 13 color profiles, 7 color illustrations, 14 b/w & 1 color maps, 20 tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336370
Pages : 102
Dimensions : 11.69 X 8.27 inches
Stock Status : Available


The year 1932 was not only the year in which the famous carnival of Rio de Janeiro was organized for the first time, or the giant statue of the Christ the Redeemer was placed on top of the Corcovado mountain ridge: it was also the year of the last civilian war fought in Brazil.

On 9 July 1932, about 35,000 men from the federal states of Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul rose in arms against the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas, demanding the return to constitutionality and democracy. This became known as the Constitutionalist movement and its members became known as the Paulistas.

The Brazilian government reacted with brute force: it deployed over 100,000 troops supported by heavy artillery and combat aircraft. The result was the biggest war ever fought in Brazil: the first ever campaign to see strategic aerial bombardment conducted in all of the Americas, the first aircraft shot down in air combats, and the first to see night bombing operations.

Following three months of bitter fighting – which often degenerated into trench warfare – the Paulistas were defeated. Indeed, the end of this conflict brought an end to a period of successive civil wars fought in Brazil since 1889.

Paulista War – the first authoritative account of this conflict ever published in the English language – provides a detailed account of both aerial and ground combat operations. It is lavishly illustrated with a collection of authentic photographs and exclusive color profiles, and as such is an indispensable source of reference about this crucial moment in the history of the largest country in South America. Volume 2 of Paulista War focuses on the ground campaign on the southern front of this conflict.

About The Author

Javier Garcia de Gabiola, from Spain, works as a lawyer, and has published numerous articles and books related to legal issues. Always interested in military history, he also regularly contributes to various Spanish military history magazines, for which he has written more than 50 articles. Finally, he has published multiple pieces with the Universidad Autónoma de México.


"....contains excellent maps and photo content and is another Helion work recommended for those interested in the use of airpower in more obscure conflicts."

- Air Power History

"As with Volume One, the quality is excellent."

- Miniature Wargames

"This is the first I have heard of this part of history and welcome the addition to my shelves. Highly recommended for armchair historians, wargamers and model-makers."

- Scale Military Modelling

"Color plates – vehicles, armored trains, aircraft, and uniforms – will stimulate your modeling muse."

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