The Spanish Civil War was not just a tragedy for Spain; acting as a focus for all the different political philosophies which had simmered throughout the Thirties, it served as the proving ground for Italian, Soviet and German military theorists. It was here that the first clash between the dictators, Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin, took place, albeit by proxy. It was here that the concept of Blitzkrieg was first tried out by the German volunteers of the Legion Condor, which formed a major air component of the Spanish rebel forces. This was a revolutionary all-arms formation, self-contained and always controlled by airmen. Here the likes of Galland, Molders and Trautloft earned their spurs. Here, too, the Bf 109, He 111, Do 17 and the infamous Ju 87 had their baptism of fire. It was, in effect, the opening rounds of World War II. Using much new previously undiscovered source material, this study looks in detail at the men, machines and units which formed the Legion Condor.
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Patrick Laureau is one of the foremost authorities on the Spanish Civil War. Usually writing about the Republican air force, Laureau turns his eye to the Luftwaffe in Spain. In this book, Laureau details the German opposition, unit by unit, in the context of the war as a whole. A French national, Laureau now lives in Chile, from where he is a regular contributor to many aviation magazines specializing in South American aviation matters.
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Buchbeschreibung Hikoki Publications, 2000. zahlr. Abb. (illustrator). 240 S., Opbd. Aus dem Jahr 2000! 240 Seiten. Sehr gut erhalten. Artikel-Nr. LU 7928