By Robert Forsyth
Via the outbreak of global warfare 2, the Luftwaffe had obtained powerful tactical battlefield event from its involvement within the Spanish Civil warfare in 1936-1939, situated round the operations carried out via 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 ebook, writer Robert Forsyth, well known specialist on international 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 booklet is a must have for any German aviation historian or modeler.
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Note also the skull and crossbones just above the propeller hub will be unloaded, and we will have to search for its “master” and purpose. 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.
The Ratas played cat and mouse with us. Even the “Martin” (SB) bombers were at least 50 km/h faster than us. The morale of the pilots was excellent, but all the guts in the world were useless with such technical inferiority. So once again we were to be employed in low-level attacks. ’ 50 A row of four He 51Bs of J/88 photographed in 1937 following the application of a camouflage pattern in place of the previously plain finish. Generally, as low-level, ground-attack missions became more commonplace for the Heinkels, units adopted camouflage schemes that varied from aircraft to aircraft, as seen here A recipient of the Spanish Cross in Gold with Diamonds, Oberleutnant Harro Harder (right) scored his first victory in Spain on 4 January 1937 when he shot down an I-16 in the Bilbao area.
From the first flights in the new Messerschmitt prototype fighter in the skies over Andalucia, which Trautloft had adorned with his distinctive personal emblem of a Grunherz (green heart) below the cockpit, he was able to assess its performance and its good and bad points. The veteran fighter pilot prepared many reports for his superiors, including detailed recommendations on how best to improve the aircraft’s design so as to make it more suitable for combat operations. Trautloft’s first impressions were that the Jumo 210 engine was difficult to handle, and that the Bf 109 would need a pilot far more qualified than one able to fly the He 51, especially in controlling high-speed turns.
Aces of the Legion Condor by Robert Forsyth