German Military Vehicles in the Spanish Civil War, a Comprehensive Study of the Deployment of German Military Vehicles on the Eve of WW2

This book combines succinct text with lavish illustration. The photographs included in this excellent study include many very rare images. – Very Highly Recommended.

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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

ISBN: 1-47387-883-7

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.