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

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.


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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

ISBN: 1-47387-891-8

IMAGE: B2538.jpg6
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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.