Show 17: The Caravan of Death – The Chilean Coup

On September 11, 1973, tanks ground the pavement of Chile’s capital city. Chilean air force jets bombed the presidential palace. Men fought in the streets. Snipers danced in between buildings, shooting friend and foe, and even each other. The whole nation was under martial law. The radio was taken over. The schools were taken over. Everything: taken over. Imagine it in your country: jets bombing the White House, tanks massing in downtown Atlanta, the military blocking websites and broadcasting coup justifications. Well, it all happened to nine million Chileans. This is their story and it’s only on Battlecast – the world’s foremost podcast on military history and its socio-political impact.

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Chile, Pinochet, and the Caravan of Death by Patricia Verdugo (Author), Marcelo Montecino (Translator), Paul E. Sigmund (Introduction)

The Overthrow of Allende and the politics of Chile, 1964-1976 by Paul Sigmund available at

A History of Chile, 1808-2002 (Cambridge Latin American Studies) 2nd Edition by Simon Collier and William F. Sater

Chile since Independence (Cambridge History of Latin America) by Leslie Bethell

Law and order in Chile by Victor Perera. The New York Times. April 13, 1975. Available at:


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