This book combines succinct text with lavish illustration. The photographs included in this excellent study include many very rare images. – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: German Military Vehicles in the Spanish Civil War, a Comprehensive Study of the Deployment of German Military Vehicles on the Eve of WW2 FILE: R3096 AUTHOR: Jose Maria Mata, Luca Molina, Jose Maria Manrique PUBLISHER: frontline books, Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War II, WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, armoured cars, tanks, armoured vehicles, soft-skinned vehicles, staff cars, field cars, trucks, lorries, tank transporters, training tanks, reconnaissance vehicles, half-tracks, artillery tractors
PAGES: 231 IMAGE: B3096.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/sesbzcv DESCRIPTION: This book combines succinct text with lavish illustration. The photographs included in this excellent study include many very rare images. – Very Highly Recommended. The German involvement in the Spanish Civil War was an opportunity to hone the concept of Blitz Krieg. In fact, the German 'volunteers' enjoyed a much greater proportion of vehicles to soldiers than the Wehrmacht enjoyed in 1940 in the Battle of France. Hitler took the opportunity to send the latest vehicles and aircraft to Spain and many of the vehicles sent were handed on to Franco's troops as the Civil War came to its conclusion. One thing the Germans quickly discovered was that their tanks were inferior to those supplied to the Republicans by the Soviet Union. Some effort was made to attempt to speed up the development and introduction of real armoured fighting vehicles to replace the light reconnaissance armour that equipped most panzer units. Without the Czech 38t tank, the Wehrmacht would have been in trouble when it invaded Poland, the first Pkw IIIs having their originally intended anti-tank gun replaced by a short-barrel weapon. Had the Soviets supplied a larger number of tanks to the Republicans, the Nationalists would have soon begun to suffer reverses, with the Republican's other armour, which dated back to 1918 designs, not even posing a real threat to the Pkw I-eqipped German units. However, the armour deficiencies aside, the Germans enjoyed flexibility and speed of movement with vehicles to haul guns, carry troops and maintain the flow of logistics. This was augmented by Junkers assault transport planes and supported by fighters and bombers to achieve air superiority. The images in this book, sketches and photographs, provide a graphic analysis of German military vehicles employed during the Spanish Civil War.