Fort Saavedra stands in the midst of a muddy plain surrounded by dense woods. It lies not in that part of the Gran Chaco which is in dispute, but in land which until six months ago was recognized as Bolivian. Round that fort for 31 days, 20,000 men have been fighting one of the greatest battles South America has seen for 50 years, in a war that has never been declared. It has been a close fight. The defending Bolivians have more men, heavier artillery, more munitions. The attacking Paraguayans have fresh water...

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