The story of the part played by Brazil in the World War, and especially that played by her Navy, is of interest for many reasons, one of the most outstanding of which is the fact that of the eight nations of Latin America which declared war on Germany, Brazil was the only one to attempt to take an active part in the great conflict. Lack of transport facilities and political unrest at home prevented her from sending to France anything more than a medical unit and a few aviators, but her Navy was more active and, had the war lasted longer, might have had an opportunity to engage the enemy. The narration of the Brazilian Navy's participation in the war should be especially interesting to American naval officers and to all Americans interested in naval history, for this country's relations with Brazil have always been most friendly, and the United States Navy, through its several missions to Brazil, has contributed largely to that nation's reorganization of its maritime forces. During the war American advice was freely given to Brazil and received with appreciation. The co-operation between the two navies was close.
The Brazilian Navy in the World War
By Walton L. Robinson