By Cesar Campiani Maximiano
Within the English-speaking international, it truly is quite often unknown volunteer Brazilian Expeditionary strength (FEB) fought along the united states military in Italy from mid-1944 till the top of worldwide conflict II (1939-1945). This used to be in impact a mild infantry department, including 3 infantry regiments augmented with artillery and lightweight armour. It used to be supported via a Brazilian Air strength contingent of a gentle reconnaissance squadron in addition to a P-47 Thunderbolt-equipped fighter squadron. even supposing all guns, uniform, package and gear have been both American-supplied or American versions, there have been unique Brazilian diversifications to uniforms and different key items of equipment. it is a heavily researched quantity on a little-studied subject material whole with quite a number formerly unpublished pictures and specifically commissioned art plates.
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This book, therefore, is a first attempt to register the story of the Brazilian fighting men of World War II, as well as a detailed account of what they wore in combat. com THE BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE SQUADRONS Of the two Brazilian Air Force units sent to Italy, the 1ª Esquadrilha de Ligação e Observação (1st Liaison & Observation Squadron), commanded by Maj John Affonso Fabricio Belloc, was restricted to operating with the FEB or with Allied artillery units nearby, mainly British. Formed on July 20, 1944, the 1ª ELO had both Air Force pilots and Army Artillery observers in equal numbers.
Subsequent echelons would sail wearing the “Type B-1” twill summer combat uniform. Soldado Otávio Souza wearing a modified wool combat shirt, with chest pockets made from the cut-off skirt section, and showing the “smoking cobra” patch. His wool overseas cap is the first-issue US type. (A. Arello) A 3 : F E B C H A P L AI N , O F F I C E R ’ S G A BA R D I N E U N I F O R M ; R I O D E J AN E I R O , 1 9 4 4 Commissioned as a first lieutenant (primeiro-tenente), this chaplain from one of the expeditionary infantry battalions wears the “Type C” gabardine officer’s uniform, also permitted for senior NCOs.
The 1° Grupo de Aviação de Caça (1st Fighter Squadron) was independent of the Expeditionary Infantry Division, and served widely over the whole northern Italian front. The unit was created on December 8, 1943, under command of Major-Aviador (later LtCol) Nero Moura. All the pilots were volunteers, chosen by Maj Moura. The unit establishment was 350 of all ranks. Their training in American air combat tactics, flying the Curtiss P-40, began in January 1944 at Orlando and Gainesville, Florida. The initial intake was a small group of officers who would lead the squadron and its flights.
Brazilian Expeditionary Force in World War II by Cesar Campiani Maximiano