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The Chaco War was massive territorial war between Bolivia and Paraguay, which cost almost a , lives. An old fashioned territorial dispute, the contested area was the Gran Chaco Boreal, a ,square mile region of swamp, jungle and pampas with isolated fortified towns.
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The wilderness terrain made operations difficult and costly as the war see-sawed between the two sides. Bolivian troops, under the command of a German general, Hans von Kundt, had early successes, but these stalled in the face of a massive mobilization programme by the Paraguans which saw their force increase in size ten-fold to 60, men. Ulrich Schmidl or Schmidel in Straubing - in Regensburg was a German Landsknecht , conquistador , explorer , chronicler and councilman.
Schmidl was, beside Hans Staden , one of the few Landsknechts who wrote down their experiences. Schmidl was the son of a wealthy merchant , and received a good education.
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He also accompanied Juan de Ayolas on his first trip in quest of provisions, and afterward went with Ayolas in his expedition up Paraguay River , and was one of the soldiers that were left with Domingo Irala in charge of the vessels in Puerto la Candelaria modern Fuerte Olimpo. He accompanied Irala on his last unfortunate expedition of He became a founder of Buenos Aires.
From there he undertook several expeditions in the Gran Chaco , which led him into southeast Bolivia.
In , on learning of the death of his elder brother to whose estate he was to succeed, Schmidl obtained his discharge. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Paraguay portal.
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