The Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932 (sometimes also referred to as Paulista War or Brazilian Civil War) is the name given to the uprising of the population of the Brazilian state of São Paulo against the 1930 coup d'état when Getúlio Vargas forcibly assumed the nation's Presidency; Vargas was supported by the military and the political elites of Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul and Paraíba. The movement grew out of local resentment from the fact that Vargas ruled by decree, unbound by a Constitution, in a provisional government. The 1930 coup also affected São Paulo by eroding the autonomy that states enjoyed during the term of the 1891 Constitution and preventing the inauguration of the governor of São Paulo Júlio Prestes in the Presidency of the Republic, while simultaneously overthrowing President Washington Luís, who was governor of São Paulo from 1920 to 1924. These events marked the end of the First Republic. Vargas appointed a northeasterner as governor of São Paulo.
The Fordson tractors was one of the most popular agricultural tractor in Brasil. The São Paulo rebels approached and created a vehicle for the so-called civil guard, which consisted of an immense steel box riveted with 4 Hotchkiss 7mm machine guns and a crew of 5 men, who had no comfort. It had wheels of cast iron and moved with an average speed of 10,9 km / h.
It has the wooden floor and had only one entrance door at the rear. His war colors were gray and green. The vehicle in military terms worked more as a psychological motivator, than something really practical. For many it represented the innovation and boldness of the rebels.
If you want to find out more about the revolt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitutionalist_Revolution
An awesome article (in Portuguese) about the Armoured Car :http://www.ecsbdefesa.com.br/fts/Trator.pdf
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