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Franco and the Condor Legion: The Spanish Civil War in the Air

Franco and the Condor Legion: The Spanish Civil War in the Air
Michael Alpert

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The Spanish Civil War was fought on land and at sea but also in an age of great interest in air warfare and the rapid development of warplanes. The war in Spain came a turning point in the development of military aircraft and was the arena in which new techniques of air war were rehearsed including high-speed dogfights, attacks on ships, bombing of civilian areas and tactical air-ground cooperation. At the heart of the air war were the Condor Legion, a unit composed of military personnel from Hitler's Germany who fought for Franco's Nationalists in Spain. In this book, Michael Alpert provides the first study in English of the Spanish Civil War in the air. He describes and analyses the intervention of German, Italian and Soviet aircraft in the Spanish conflict, as well as the supply of aircraft in general and the role of volunteer and mercenary airmen. His book provides new perspectives on the air war in Spain, the precedents set for World War II and the possible lessons learnt.

Table of Contents

  • Preface The Spanish Civil War Begins Off to Spain: The Germans Arrive Fascist Italy's Aircraft Create an International Crisis France Sends Aircraft The Russians Arrive The Condor Legion and the Campaign in the North of Spain The Fall of Bilbao and the End of the War in the North of Spain The Spanish War Moves to the East The Battle of the Ebro Conclusions Bibliography

Author Info

Michael Alpert is Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Westminster. He is the author of A New International History of the Spanish Civil War and The Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War.


`This is an important new book from Michael Alpert, the well-known specialist on the military history of the Spanish Civil War. He makes a succinct but wide-ranging analysis of air power in the Civil War, embracing the deployment of Republican, Nationalist, German, Italian and Russian air forces. Based on a considerable breadth of sources, the book is marked by a lively narrative encompassing both military history and the history of air force combatants in the air and on the ground, in particular the lives and values of the German aviators who made up the Condor Legion and their encounter with the Spanish insurgents. Alpert makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the changing techniques of air warfare and the lessons learnt, or not learnt, during the Civil War, as well as their impact on World War II.'
Sebastian Balfour, Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781788311182
Publication Date: 30 Mar 2019
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 226
Width: 155
Illustrations: 7 black and white integrated

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