Battle of Arica--Francisco Bolognesi
The glory of Colonel Francisco Bolognesi Cervantes shines forever as an example of sacrifice, honour and heroism.
November 1879. Chile has invaded Peru*. On November the 27th the Peruvian army, under the command of Colonels Andrés A. Cáceres and Francisco Bolognesi, fighting an eight-hour uphill battle, has defeated the Chilean robbers in Tarapacá but this is the victory of a retreating army. The Peruvian army, very tired from a strenuous march across the desert, engaged the Chilean terrorists in Tarapacá just with rifles--they had neither cavalry nor artillery. Once the vanquished Chilean thieves ran away, Peruvian soldiers managed to bury the Krupp guns the fleeing foe had left over--they had to bury the guns because they didn’t have any horses to tow that seized artillery.