This addition to the very popular Images of War Series is a special treat for aviation enthusiasts. The Spanish Civil War became an important proving ground for aircraft and armour as part of the German concept of Blitzkrieg. Over-shadowed by WWII, the Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War has received little coverage – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, The Experimental Units of Hitler's Condor Legion, German Aircraft in Action During the Spanish Civil War, Pare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R2538 AUTHOR: Rafael A Permuy Lopez, Lucas Molina Franco PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 93 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Spanish Civil War, Condor Legion, Bf 109, He 112, He 70, He 111, Ju-86, Ju 87, Hs 123, Soviet aircraft, Tu SB
IMAGE: B2538.jpg6 BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y7qefwo9 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This addition to the very popular Images of War Series is a special treat for aviation enthusiasts. The Spanish Civil War became an important proving ground for aircraft and armour as part of the German concept of Blitzkrieg. Over-shadowed by WWII, the Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War has received little coverage - Highly Recommended. One of the popular myths is that the Nazis started a rearmament program when in fact they had taken over a covert program that was already underway when they came to power, much of it inside the Soviet Union. What Hitler did was to order a dramatic expansion of this program. This then demanded an environment where some very advanced technology and tactics could be tested under battle conditions. The Germans were fortunate that the Spanish Civil War offered just such a trials environment under hostile fire. This rapidly led to the formation of the Condor Legion staffed by German 'volunteers' and equipped with what were still mostly experimental aircraft and equipment. Both the He 112 and Bf 109 experimental fighters were tested in Spain and readers with find it interesting to compare images of machines tried out in Spain with those used in 1940. The experiences of operating in Spain were very useful to the Germans as they prepared for a major re-equipment program that significantly increased their military capability. Not only was equipment tested, but pilots and crews were able to refine their bombing and fighter tactics and skills. Many of the German Battle of Britain Aces had first honed their skills in Spain and then on through Poland and France. This makes the performance of RAF and FAA pilots all the more remarkable because they had to master a new exciting generation of fast well-armed monoplanes, but without the opportunity to learn in a more benign wartime environment first.