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 warfare in 1936-1939, founded round the operations performed 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 components. during this new publication, writer Robert Forsyth, well known professional 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 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 global battle 2, this publication is a must have for any German aviation historian or modeler.

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J/88’s new ‘Zylinderhutstaffel’ emblem was painted onto a wooden sign and strategically placed outside the unit quarters at Tablada in late 1936. ‘We had not given much thought to it’, remembered Herwig Knüppel. com A LEGION FROM GERMANY Although wind and mud usually played a vital part in many of the landing mishaps that befell German aircraft in Spain during the conflict, on this occasion ground conditions appear to be good and the two-blade propeller seems not to have been damaged when the aircraft nosed over.

The sense of adventure quickly dissipated. As Galland described it in his memoirs, the ship was ‘a rotten old tub, more like a slave trader’. There was an overpowering stench of something unpleasant on board, and the airless accommodation in the holds, to which the men had been confined, was ‘shamelesly primitive’. Bunks had been assembled crudely from old, spare timber, boredom reigned, followed inevitably by a gradual breakdown in discipline. Spirits ‘sank below zero’. Galland described the voyage to his post-war Allied interrogators in 1945; ‘Conditions on the boat were not as we had imagined.

His parachute bag, which had been stowed into a compartment behind his seat and stuffed with dirty laundry, pushed him forward onto the control column when he came in to land. J/88, Werner Palm, and Hans-Jürgen Hepe were both shot down in flames over Madrid. Although both men were wounded, they were able to use their parachutes to jump to safety, landing in Nationalist territory. On 24 February von Richthofen noted, ‘Inspected Knüppel’s outfit. Three Bf 109s are in assembly – will be ready in three days’ time.

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