Caribbean Legion

And Its Mercenary Air Force, 1947-1950

Dan Hagedorn, Mario Overall

They were the stuff of legends and, indeed, their exploits throughout the simmering Caribbean region of the late 1940s have gained a life of their own over the intervening years. They were a mix of the finest and brightest - true patriots - with a seasoning of ambitious politicians, soldiers of fortune and blatant arms merchants. But through it all
Date Published :
December 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Latin America@War
Illustration :
120 photos, 10 artworks, 10-12 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912866373
Pages : 72
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
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Overview
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They were the stuff of legends and, indeed, their exploits throughout the simmering Caribbean region of the late 1940s have gained a life of their own over the intervening years. They were a mix of the finest and brightest - true patriots - with a seasoning of ambitious politicians, soldiers of fortune and blatant arms merchants. But through it all, their often-splintered leadership recognized the pivotal value of air power, and so they organized one of the very first "extra-national" air forces - non-traditional in the extreme.

This in-depth examination goes beyond the politics and noble aspirations of the participants, whether patriot or despot, and reveals for the first time the lengths that the Legionaries went to in assembling an air strike force the likes of which the world had not yet witnessed. From B-24 Liberators to P-38 Lightnings, and down to non-lethal Vultee BT-13s and lumbering transports, the Legion's Air Force could well have been the "pointy end" of a political transformation that would shake entrenched dictators to the core.

Well-illustrated and documented by a team of award-winning aero historians, this latest addition to the excellent Helion "Latin America @War" series is a must for those seeking "the rest of the story."

About The Author
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Dan Hagedorn is Curator and Director of Collections at The Museum of Flight at historic Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, and is a graduate of Villa Maria College, the State University of New York, and the Command and General Staff College (U.S. Army, post-graduate). He was previously Adjunct Curator and Research Team Leader at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC for 19 years. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Armed Forces for 27 years in leadership and intelligence positions worldwide and has, to date, authored 21 monographs or books detailing various aspects of aviation and aerospace history. In conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution, he was named an Unsung Hero of the Smithsonian Institution and was awarded the Orden do Merito Santos-Dumont by the Brazilian Government for services to Latin American aviation history, in which he specializes.

Mario Overall is the co-founder of the Latin American Aviation Historical Society – has studies in Computer Systems Engineering at the Mariano Gálvez University of Guatemala. He served in the Guatemalan Air Force as a computer specialist and then in the same capacity with the Narcotics Affairs Section of the US Embassy to Guatemala. To date, he has written more than 15 articles related to the history of military aviation in Central America, which have been published in renowned magazines in the US, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, England, France and Poland. Overall has also collaborated with several authors in their research work about Latin American aviation history.

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