For us wargamers, this war is notable for generating the largest battle ever fought in South America: Tuyuti. At around 60,000 combatants all told, this is not a big battle by BBB standards. Still it is big and bloody enough to deserve our attention. Konstantinos Travlos had drafted a BBB scenario for it, so this week we decided to give it a go.
As so often in the late nineteenth century, the battle is an interesting one to fight, not just for its historical significance or its exotic Latin American setting, but because it confronts asymmetric armies. The Allies are mostly average line troops, averagely trained and motivated, with modern rifled weapons. The Paraguayans are almost entirely equipped with older smoothbore muskets and cannon, but are ferociously determined fighters. Thus the Allies are better in a firefight, but the Paraguayans have the edge if they can get to grips.