The Caribbean Legion may be remembered within the region but its historical importance is largely unknown beyond the Caribbean. This book provides a comprehensive review of the Caribbean Legion activities and personalities of the late 1940s, many rare photographs and maps in support. – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Caribbean Legion, and its Mercenary Air Forces, 1947-1950 FILE: R3343 AUTHOR: Dan Hagedorn, Mario Overall PUBLISHER: Limetree Press BINDING: KDE, Kindle PRICE: £4.99 Kindle, 12.95 Paperback GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Social change, dictators, Caribbean, Central America, banana Republics, mercenaries, private air forces, air force for hire, Cold War, insurgents, Communists, civil war, dominoes, volunteers ISBN: 979-0-9956043-6-0 PAGES: 174, 3 maps, some 50 B&W images through the body of the book, appendices with tables IMAGE: B3343.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/24tnssma LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Caribbean Legion may be remembered within the region but its historical importance is largely unknown beyond the Caribbean. This book provides a comprehensive review of the Caribbean Legion activities and personalities of the late 1940s, many rare photographs and maps in support. – Most Highly Recommended The photographic illustration is of particular note. It is of good quality and based on rare images from the wars the world ignored. The conflicts in South and Central America, and in the Caribbean, from the early Nineteenth Century have been largely ignored beyond the region, but have had an impact directly, or indirectly, beyond the region. The Saltpetre War between Chile and Peru passed the control of an important NaNO3 nitrate source from Peru to Chile. It placed Chile in a dominant position in the region, but it also controlled a chemical source of great importance to agriculture in the Americas and Europe and an essential source in the great wars of the Twentieth Century. It and other wars in the region rippled out across the region and impacted the wider world. At the end of WWII, the Caribbean saw significant social and political change, of which the Caribbean Legion was a critical element. The Caribbean Legion, and its Mercenary Air forces, was active in the late 1940s and created changes that spread through the region into the Cold War, almost providing the trigger for WWIII, when Communists sponsored by the USSR began taking over nations within the region and created the environment where the Soviets tried obtaining a payback by siting nuclear missiles in Cuba on the US backdoor step. To understand the politics and social changes, it is essential to read this new book with its carefully researched study. In addition to the very readable text, there are some very rare images and maps in support of the text and some appendices that record the aircraft that were employed by the Caribbean Legion. South American politics and civil wars have always produced many misunderstandings outside the region. It is very easy to accept the view that greedy dictators and mercenaries, working as the local armed rent a-mob, created a never ending series of conflicts, large and small. The authors have provided a factual account that shows how capable soldiers and airmen fought in a series of conflicts that were part of the social changes in the region. Taking advantage of a plentiful supply of WWII surplus warships and aircraft, the Caribbean Legion provided a professional, and often patriotic, force that changed the balance of power. Its recruits included those who fought for the money and those that fought for the adventure, but many fought because they believed in what they were fighting for.