Aces of the Legion Condor by Robert Forsyth

By Robert Forsyth

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

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To the world, this legion would be seen as embarking on a crusade against the dark forces of oppression. Hence was born the Legion Condor. But Hitler’s support had conditions. The expanded German force in Spain was to be placed under a German commander who would advise Franco. Those units already in Spain were to be integrated into the new Legion. German air bases in Spain would be given satisfactory protection, and operations were to be better coordinated, more regular and aimed at those ports through which Soviet aid was being routed.

We employed a White Russian by the name of Martschenko in the Staffel, who flew as the pilot of a three-engined Fokker transport aircraft. This man was quite tireless and a splendid comrade. ’ For the Germans, they faced the daunting prospect that the remaining operative He 51s were largely out-manoeuvred, out-performed and out-gunned by the new Soviet fighters. com 31 CHAPTER TWO 32 and uncompetitive in terms of design, with manually-loaded machine guns and a lack of radio equipment. For the rest of 1936, Heinkel operations, under the command of Herwig Knüppel, were necessarily reduced.

Like many of his fellow pilots in Germany, Galland, having witnessed the return to the homeland of the first sun-tanned Spanish ‘veterans’ with bulging pay packets, was drawn by the whole sense of adventure surrounding the Legion Condor, as well as the chance to fly in combat. Applying at the offices of Sonderstab W, he was accepted and soon found himself in civilian clothes as a ‘tourist’ with the ‘Reisegesellschaft Union’, along with 370 other Germans, on board a 3000-ton tramp steamer organised by the ‘Kraft durch Freude’ (Strength through Joy) organisation, flying the Panamanian flag bound – ‘officially’ – for Genoa.

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