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RUBBER SOLDIERS:
The Forgotten Army that Saved the Allies in WWII
Gary Neeleman & Rose Neeleman
• The Rubber Soldiers were an army of 55,000 men from the Brazilian northeast used to
harvest rubber in WWII
• Approximately 26,000 of these men died in the Amazon of malaria,
yellow fever, and other jungle afflictions
• Allied air bases on Brazil’s northeastern coast were critical in defeating
the Germans in North Africa during WWII
The Rubber Soldiers were an army of 55,000men from the Brazilian northeast, who were
sent to the Amazon basin to harvest rubber for the Allied War effort under an agreement
between Brazil and the US. Approximately 26,000 of these men died in the Amazon of
malaria, yellow fever, and other jungle afflictions. Many of the original tappers are still
alive, now in their late nineties, and living in slums inmajor Amazonian cities, still awaiting
compensation. This book proves the US did pay for the rubber, contrary to common
belief in Brazil that they did not. The book also shows that the Allied air bases on Brazil’s
northeastern coast were critical in defeating the Germans inNorth Africa, and containing
the German U-boat effort in the south Atlantic. This aspect of WWII has rarely been
reported and yet it may have been one of the most important events of the war.
Gary Neeleman
was awarded the silver medal of merit by the Sao Paulo Journalista
for his coverage of the 1964 military coup in Brazil. In 2015, Gary was awarded both the
Cididao Paulistano [Honorary Citizen of the City of Sao Paulo] for his contributions
to Brazil, and the Order of the Rio Branco, Brazil’s highest award given by the national
government for exceptional services.
Size: 6" × 9" • 57 b/w photos • 176 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5332-1 • hard cover • $29.99
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