By Robert Forsyth
By way of the outbreak of worldwide battle 2, the Luftwaffe had bought potent tactical battlefield adventure from its involvement within the Spanish Civil battle in 1936-1939, headquartered round the operations performed by way of the Legion Condor, a strength of a few 19,000 'volunteer' German airmen, employees, technicians and groundcrew shaped into fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, Flak, climate and signs components. during this new ebook, writer Robert Forsyth, popular specialist on global conflict 2 German aviation, information the improvement of either the applied sciences and the pilots of this German air strength, with full-color illustrations, plates and information of colour schemes used in the Legion Condor. From the He fifty one to the Messerschmitt, from flying in shut wing-to-wing formations to the looser, wider formations universal to the Luftwaffe in the course of international conflict 2, this e-book is a must have for any German aviation historian or modeler.
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The unloaded materiel is often unusable since many of the important items are often missing. Am greeted by the Chief of Staff, Holle, who is worn out and wants to be left in peace. ’ Such is how the Legion Condor went to war. On the 30th von Richthofen attempted to ‘to compile an overall picture’. He noted in his diary that, ‘Red air attacks appear to be gradually setting in. In the last 14 days, they have increased from two to three, and they have now made six bombing raids on Seville and Cadiz.
Far below, down in the valley, I see one turning around. Using my superior speed I know I can block him off. com CHAPTER THREE 48 disappear into his machine. Now he climbs, black, with a red band in front of the tail, rolls onto his back and plunges almost vertically to the ground. I pull myself together – the intoxication has blinded me to everything else going on. I see an He 51 nearby. ’ Meanwhile, frustrated in their attempt to take Madrid, in early January 1937, the Nationalists launched the first of their major flanking offensives.
Com A LEGION FROM GERMANY A potent partnership – Generalmajor Hugo Sperrle (in profile with peaked cap), the first commander of the Legion Condor who served in Spain from October 1936 to October 1937, in discussion with senior Spanish and German officers at a hillside command post during operations in northern Spain in early 1937. A highly decorated airman during World War 1, and fond of his food, Sperrle was tough, impatient and blunt, but not without humour. He had left his post as commander of Luftkreis-Kommando V in Berlin for Spain in a Ju 52/3m on 31 October, travelling via Rome, together with his Chief of Staff, Major Alexander Holle.