Aces of the Legion Condor by Robert Forsyth

By Robert Forsyth

Via the outbreak of global warfare 2, the Luftwaffe had obtained potent tactical battlefield adventure from its involvement within the Spanish Civil battle in 1936-1939, headquartered round the operations carried out 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 parts. during this new e-book, writer Robert Forsyth, popular professional on international struggle 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 global conflict 2, this e-book is a must have for any German aviation historian or modeler.

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The weapons were dropped, upon a vigorous head signal made by the formation leader, without the aid of bomb sights at a height of about 150 m on roads, bridges, trenches and troops. Von Richthofen, who had now replaced Holle as Chief of Staff of the Legion Condor, recognised that the theories of air power and Spanish politics did not have much in common. The stalemate on the ground, the lack of suitable strategic targets and the great Nationalist weakness in artillery led him to consider using much of the Legion to directly support Franco’s offensive against Bilbao.

The engineer was dealt with’. The move to Vitoria was made because the lack of success around Madrid had led Franco, upon prompting from Mola and Sperrle, to change the direction of his offensive and attempt to take the strip of Basque territory along the northern Spanish coast between Gijon and Bilbao. The Nationalists hoped to seize the valuable industrial and mining regions of Vizcaya and Asturias. Franco would deploy the Navarrese Carlists of the Ejército del Norte, supported by artillery, the Italian Expeditionary Force and the aircraft of the Legion Condor, which Sperrle had assured the Generalísimo would make a crucial contribution.

We thus lost the best one in the Staffel’. Eberhardt had been shot through the heart and his He 51 went down in flames. His Soviet opponent was able to bail out of his I-15, however, and landed safely, but was subsequently kicked to death by a violent mob in the streets of Madrid who thought he was a German. A disheartened von Houwald noted that; ‘On Friday, 13 November 1936, we encountered the Ratas for the first time and a wild mêlée resulted. We downed five of them, but what were these victories when compared with the loss of our Staffelführer?

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