BRAZIL: The Good Soldier

In the days of Brazil's uneasy pro-Brazilian neutrality, her rotund, sparse-haired, convivial Chief of Staff, General Pedro Aurelio de Goes Monteiro, was popularly supposed to be hedging Brazil's bets, on the German side. He openly admired the German army and once was reported to have drunk a toast to its honor and glory. In April 1940 he received the Grand Cross of the Order of the German Eagle, for "valued services by Brazil to Germany." If the Axis had won before the U.S. became involved, Brazilian Patriot Goes Monteiro would have been in a position to make the best...

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