German Military Vehicles in the Spanish Civil War (Hardback)
A Comprehensive Study of the Deployment of German Military Vehicles on the Eve of WW2
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War broke out in Spain in 1936, when right wing forces, eventually led by General Franco, revolted against the elected, left-leaning government of the Second Spanish Republic. Hitler offered support to Franco’s Nationalists within days of the opening of hostilities, sending in powerful air and armoured units. Regarded as the ‘dress rehearsal’ for the Second World War, the Spanish Civil War enabled the Germans to test their new machines in combat conditions. Of particular note was the formation of the Condor Legion, composed of German air and ground troops.
This book provides readers with a comprehensive study of the combat and logistics vehicles which formed part of the German contingent that fought in the Spanish Civil War alongside the rebels. The Panzer I, which so surprised the world in the Polish campaign and initially equipped the German Panzerdivisionen, was first seen in the Spanish Civil War, together with a wide range of specialised war materiel such as flamethrowers. The Germans also tested small numbers of 88 mm Flak 18 anti-aircraft artillery guns which they used to destroy Republican tanks and fortifications with direct fire, as well as enemy aircraft in their designed role.
This book looks at the wide range of vehicles used by the Germans to support their war effort in Spain, from the humblest motorcycle to the Horch staff car, or from Opel Blitz, MAN Diesel, Mercedes, and Krupp trucks to the large Vomag 3LR 443. Even the different types of military ambulances seen in Spain during the war years are explored.
Never has such a comprehensive and graphical study been made of vehicles used by the German forces in the Spanish Civil War. It draws on a large collection of high-quality images, most of them previously unpublished, with each model that served in Spain identified.
This is a book that will delight fans of military history and military vehicles, with the added interest that many of those vehicles were tried and tested in Spain first and were later put to use in WWII. The authors have published a number of books in Spanish on historic subjects related mostly to the Spanish Civil War, and I understand that Pen & Sword are working on publishing other related titles. An informative and visually engaging book about a period of Spanish history that remains very present, and we should never forget.Author Translator, Olga Nunez Miret
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The book is a feast for the eyes of military history buffs , a book portraying this war as terrible as it is distant, which saw the main ideologies of the beginning of the 20th century clashing. A struggle to which the vehicles reproduced in these rare and beautiful photos of this very interesting book have contributed.Old Barbed Wire Blog
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This new hardback book from Frontline Books has 231 pages packed with interest for both the vehicle historian and the modeller alike.Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
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