History UsefulNotes / BraziliansWithBazookas

2nd Oct '17 10:44:40 PM SSJMagus
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Brazil entered both World Wars at the side of the Allies. World War I had a discreet participation, where aside from a small military medical mission and some officers in the French military, the largest contingent arrived in Europe just days before the November 1918 armistice. World War II, on the other hand, had 23,000 Brazilian troops distinguish themselves in Italy[[note]]About five percent of the Allied forces in the Italian Campaign[[/note]], not to mention the Brazilian air units that fought alongside the Americans. And, considering [[DayOfTheJackboot what came next]], this was the last time the Brazilian military ever had anything to be proud of. And given a common dissing term for the troops' involvement was that "It's more likely for a snake to smoke a pipe, than for the BEF go to the front and fight", [[CueTheFlyingPigs the Army's insignia featured a snake with a pipe]].

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Surprisingly for a nation not known as a naval power, Brazil was the third nation after Britain and Germany to field [[UsefulNotes/TypesOfNavalShips dreadnought battleships]]. Even at the time this was viewed with astonishment by the major powers, all of whom assumed Brazil ''must'' have been [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories buying the ships from British shipyards on behalf of a third party, so that Britain's latest naval technology could be stolen by a rival]]. Nobody could understand why a nation with neither a strong naval tradition nor powerful naval rivals could ever need such expensive warships. But need them or not, Brazil ''wanted'' dreadnoughts as a symbol of national prestige, and thus [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_American_dreadnought_race Argentina and Chile had to have their own]], triggering one of the more obscure arms races of the 20th century.

Brazil entered both World Wars at the side of the Allies. World War I had a discreet participation, where aside from a small military medical mission and some officers in the French military, the largest contingent arrived in Europe just days before the November 1918 armistice. World War II, on the other hand, had 23,000 Brazilian troops distinguish themselves in Italy[[note]]About five percent of the Allied forces in the Italian Campaign[[/note]], not to mention the Brazilian air units that fought alongside the Americans. And, considering [[DayOfTheJackboot what came next]], this was the last time the Brazilian military ever had anything to be proud of. And given a common dissing term for the troops' involvement was that "It's more likely for a snake to smoke a pipe, than for the BEF go to the front and fight", [[CueTheFlyingPigs the Army's insignia featured a snake with a pipe]].
pipe]]. Brazil's participation on the Allied side in World War II was somewhat ironic, given that Brazil's President at the time, Getúlio Vargas, was himself a quasi-fascist dictator. This fact didn't go unnoticed by the BEF or the Brazilian people, and was a major factor in the return of democracy to Brazil...for a couple of decades.



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6th Aug '15 5:40:24 PM Gaon
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\n* The Brazilian WWII Drama Film/{{Road47}} talks about the Brazilian participation in the Italian campaign.
11th Jul '15 12:42:56 PM Str8taim
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Brazil entered both World Wars at the side of the Allies. World War I had a discreet participation, where aside from a small military medical mission and some officers in the French military, the largest contingent arrived in Europe just days before the November 1918 armistice. World War II, on the other hand, had 23,000 Brazilian troops distinguish themselves in Italy[[note]]About five percent of the Allied forces in the Italian Campaign[[/note]], not to mention the Brazilian air units that fought alongside the Americans. And, considering [[DayOfTheJackboot what came next]], this was the last time the Brazilian military ever had anything to be proud of. And given a common dissing term for the troops' involvement was that "It's more likely for a snake to smoke, than for the BEF go to the front and fight", [[CueTheFlyingPigs the Army's insignia featured a snake with a pipe]].

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Brazil entered both World Wars at the side of the Allies. World War I had a discreet participation, where aside from a small military medical mission and some officers in the French military, the largest contingent arrived in Europe just days before the November 1918 armistice. World War II, on the other hand, had 23,000 Brazilian troops distinguish themselves in Italy[[note]]About five percent of the Allied forces in the Italian Campaign[[/note]], not to mention the Brazilian air units that fought alongside the Americans. And, considering [[DayOfTheJackboot what came next]], this was the last time the Brazilian military ever had anything to be proud of. And given a common dissing term for the troops' involvement was that "It's more likely for a snake to smoke, smoke a pipe, than for the BEF go to the front and fight", [[CueTheFlyingPigs the Army's insignia featured a snake with a pipe]].
7th Jul '15 7:02:02 PM igordebraga
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Brazil entered both World Wars at the side of the Allies. In the latter war, some 23,000 Brazilian troops distinguished themselves in Italy[[note]]About five percent of the Allied forces in the Italian Campaign[[/note]], not to mention the Brazilian air units that fought alongside the Americans. And, considering [[DayOfTheJackboot what came next]], this was the last time the Brazilian military ever had anything to be proud of.

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Brazil entered both World Wars at the side of the Allies. In the latter war, World War I had a discreet participation, where aside from a small military medical mission and some officers in the French military, the largest contingent arrived in Europe just days before the November 1918 armistice. World War II, on the other hand, had 23,000 Brazilian troops distinguished distinguish themselves in Italy[[note]]About five percent of the Allied forces in the Italian Campaign[[/note]], not to mention the Brazilian air units that fought alongside the Americans. And, considering [[DayOfTheJackboot what came next]], this was the last time the Brazilian military ever had anything to be proud of.
of. And given a common dissing term for the troops' involvement was that "It's more likely for a snake to smoke, than for the BEF go to the front and fight", [[CueTheFlyingPigs the Army's insignia featured a snake with a pipe]].



Brazil also had a weapons industry, which nearly collapsed in the 1980s.

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Brazil also had a weapons industry, which nearly collapsed in the 1980s.
1980s. Its most successful company is Taurus, a small arms manufacturer that even has a plant in Miami.
5th Jun '15 11:39:29 AM The_Weirdo
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Brazil entered both World Wars at the side of the Allies. In the latter war, some 23,000 Brazilian troops distinguished themselves in Italy[[note]]About five percent of the Allied forces in the Italian Campaign[[/note]], not to mention the Brazilian air units that fought alongside the Americans.

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Brazil entered both World Wars at the side of the Allies. In the latter war, some 23,000 Brazilian troops distinguished themselves in Italy[[note]]About five percent of the Allied forces in the Italian Campaign[[/note]], not to mention the Brazilian air units that fought alongside the Americans.
Americans. And, considering [[DayOfTheJackboot what came next]], this was the last time the Brazilian military ever had anything to be proud of.
12th Nov '14 5:06:15 PM Str8taim
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-->''"The Snake is smoking......"''
-->-'''Common message written on mortars by the Brazilian Expeditionary Force in World War II'''



8th Jul '14 10:27:03 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* Swedish Heavy metal band {{Sabaton}} has a song called "Smoking Snakes", chronicling the Brazilian Expeditionary Force's (nicknamed "Smoking Snakes" for their logo being a snake with a pipe) deeds in World War Two. Specifically it's about Arlindo Lúcio da Silva, Geraldo Baeta da Cruz and Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza 3 Brazilian Expeditionary Force soldiers who became separated from their unit and fought a large contingent of Germans in Italy on 14 April 1945. [[LastStand Refusing surrender, they fought to their deaths]] and [[WorthyOpponent were buried by the Germans, who placed a cross over their graves with the inscription "''Drei brasilianische Helden''" (Three Brazilian Heroes)]].


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* Swedish Heavy metal band {{Sabaton}} has a song called "Smoking Snakes", chronicling the Brazilian Expeditionary Force's (nicknamed "Smoking Snakes" for their logo being a snake with a pipe) deeds in World War Two. Specifically it's about Arlindo Lúcio da Silva, Geraldo Baeta da Cruz and Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza 3 Brazilian Expeditionary Force soldiers who became separated from their unit and fought a large contingent of Germans in Italy on 14 April 1945. [[LastStand Refusing surrender, they fought to their deaths]] and [[WorthyOpponent were buried by the Germans, who placed a cross over their graves with the inscription inscription]] "''Drei brasilianische Helden''" (Three Brazilian Heroes)]].

Heroes).

24th Jun '14 9:58:15 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* Swedish Heavy metal band {{Sabaton}} has a song called "Smoking Snakes", chronicling the Brazilian Expeditionary Force's (nicknamed "Smoking Snakes" for their logo being a snake with a pipe) deeds in World War Two. Specifically it's about Arlindo Lúcio da Silva, Geraldo Baeta da Cruz and Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza 3 Brazilian Expeditionary Force soldiers who became separated from their unit and fought a large contingent of Germans in Italy on 14 April 1945. Refusing surrender, they fought to their deaths and were buried by the Germans, who placed a cross over their graves with the inscription "''Drei brasilianische Helden''" (Three Brazilian Heroes).


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* Swedish Heavy metal band {{Sabaton}} has a song called "Smoking Snakes", chronicling the Brazilian Expeditionary Force's (nicknamed "Smoking Snakes" for their logo being a snake with a pipe) deeds in World War Two. Specifically it's about Arlindo Lúcio da Silva, Geraldo Baeta da Cruz and Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza 3 Brazilian Expeditionary Force soldiers who became separated from their unit and fought a large contingent of Germans in Italy on 14 April 1945. [[LastStand Refusing surrender, they fought to their deaths deaths]] and [[WorthyOpponent were buried by the Germans, who placed a cross over their graves with the inscription "''Drei brasilianische Helden''" (Three Brazilian Heroes).

Heroes)]].

15th Jun '14 8:32:55 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* Swedish Heavy metal band {{Sabaton}} has a song called "Smoking Snakes", chronicling the Brazilian Expeditionary Force's (nicknamed "Smoking Snakes" for their logo being a snake with a pipe) deeds in World War Two.

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* Swedish Heavy metal band {{Sabaton}} has a song called "Smoking Snakes", chronicling the Brazilian Expeditionary Force's (nicknamed "Smoking Snakes" for their logo being a snake with a pipe) deeds in World War Two. \n Specifically it's about Arlindo Lúcio da Silva, Geraldo Baeta da Cruz and Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza 3 Brazilian Expeditionary Force soldiers who became separated from their unit and fought a large contingent of Germans in Italy on 14 April 1945. Refusing surrender, they fought to their deaths and were buried by the Germans, who placed a cross over their graves with the inscription "''Drei brasilianische Helden''" (Three Brazilian Heroes).

21st May '14 7:34:12 PM Gaon
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* Swedish Heavy metal band {{Sabaton}} has a song called "Smoking Snakes", chronicling the Brazilian Expeditionary Force's (nicknamed "Smoking Snakes" for their logo being a smoke with a pipe) deeds in World War Two.

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* Swedish Heavy metal band {{Sabaton}} has a song called "Smoking Snakes", chronicling the Brazilian Expeditionary Force's (nicknamed "Smoking Snakes" for their logo being a smoke snake with a pipe) deeds in World War Two.
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