Latin American Wars 1900-1941 (MAA 519)

"Banana Wars," Border Wars, and Revolutions


Philip Jowett (Author) and Stephen Walsh (Illustrator)

From the Mexican Revolution to the Zarumilla War, in the first 40 years of the 20th century the nations of Central and South America were frequently disturbed by border clashes, civil wars, and revolution. Many of these conflicts became known as "Banana Wars." Some involved only lightly armed guerrillas, but others saw armies operating artillery and armored vehicles supported by aircraft and river navies. The conflicts in Honduras and Nicaragua saw the intervention of US Marines, and later wars involved armor and aircraft acquired from Europe.

Using detailed color plates and a wealth of contemporary photographs, this book shows the uniforms, equipment, and strategies of the armies involved in these conflicts little known in the West. Covering wars crossing the length and breadth of the continent, this is the fascinating account of the wars that helped shape modern Latin America.


  • Series: Men-at-Arms (Book 519)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (June 19, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472826280
  • ISBN-13: 9781472826282