Caribbean Legion, and its Mercenary Air Forces, 1947-1950

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
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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.