Brazilians at War

Brazilian Aviation in the Second World War

Santiago Rivas

The organisation, development and activities of the Brazilian Air Force during the Second World War.
Date Published :
February 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Latin America@War
Illustration :
270 photos, 35 in color, 6 maps, 10 tables, 10 color profiles
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911512585
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : Available


When the Second World War erupted, Latin America - despite being initially neutral - became part of it. Brazil, with its large provision of goods to the Allied Powers, was soon a victim of the Axis submarines - leading to the urgent development of an anti-submarine aviation arm. As it was developed, it also sent a fighter squadron and an observation unit to the Mediterranean Front - taking part in the operations over Northern Italy and supporting the Brazilian ground forces, as well as other Allied units, until the end of the war. This book covers the story of both the operations along the Brazilian coasts and on Italy and contains a large volume of information that is not been published in English before, including many photographs, and color profiles of the aircraft.

About The Author

Santiago Rivas was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1977 and graduated in journalism. Since 1997 he has worked in aviation and defence journalism, travelling all across Latin America to research for articles and books. In 2007 he published his first book, about the Malvinas/Falklands War for a Brazilian publisher and since then, another eighteen titles have published in Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom, with others still to be released. He has also published articles in more than fifty magazines in twenty countries and currently works for more than twenty of them. He has three children and lives in Buenos Aires, travelling extensively within Latin America to fulfil his research work.


“I found this a very interesting read on a relatively obscure subject...A thoroughly enjoyable read, recommended

- Scale Military Modeller International

“Part four of the publisher's 'Latin America at War' series, this is an interesting story, well told and well-illustrated.”

- Aeroplane Monthly

“[Brazilians at War] brings plenty of good information, which should be equally interesting to history fans and modelers.”

- DetailScaleView

“Contents course chronologically through the whole terrific tale. And plenty of absorbing action accounts pepper the plot. It's lavishly illustrated, too… Get this superb little study.”

- Cybermodeler

"This book provides a very focused look at a little known aspect of what was truly a global conflict."

- Air Power History

“The book is packed with images, maps and colour profiles (including a few colour period images) something completely new to the majority of us and very interesting reading especially for enthusiasts of U.S. aircraft of the period.”

- Air Modeller

“An excellent overview of a little known chapter of the air war.”

- Classic Wings

“I must say I have never really thought of Brazil as a member of the Allied forces but they played their part to the full as much as they could and this book goes a long way to telling us their story...4/5 for this very informative book, ideal for Mil Hist buffs and model makers.”

- Army Rumour Service

“ … A fascinating insight into an unexpected World War II combatant…”

- Aviation World

“ … an excellent entry in Helion’s Latin America@War series…”

- Warship

“The author performs a very creditable job of following all of the BAF's activities in the anti-submarine role and in Italy. While theirs was certainly not the biggest or most important Allied contingent in the air war, the Brazilian Air Force performed its duty. Rivas covers its successes as well as its snafus. Readers will find here just about everything there is to know concerning the subject.”

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

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