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Spanish Air Force During Word War II, by Eduardo M. Gil Martinez

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  1. ColHessler

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    Length: 128 pages, including bibliography

    This little book has the subtitle, "Germany's Hidden Ally?" The answer is, "No kidding."

    We start out with 1939, and the hodgepodge of German, Italian and Russian planes Spain has as an aftermath of their Civil War. Franco meets with Hitler at Hendaye, France and pledges his support, for a price. The bulk of the story centers on the "Blue Squadron," which was really 5 squadrons, sent to support Army Group Center in Russia. They rotate out every six months, just like Legion Condor had done in the Spanish Civil War. The first squadron had the hardest experience as far as General Mud and General Winter, in addition to being shelled by Russian artillery, and even ground attacks. The other four go with a "feast or famine" time, in the years between 1942 and '44. They do patrols, escort, and ground attack missions.

    There is also the story of back home, where the Spaniards deal with incursions by both belligerent sides, and planes being forced down in Spain, the Canary Islands and Morocco. There are pictures of the various planes Spain starts with, as well as wrecks, such as Leon Degrelle's wreck at San Sebastian. They also managed to buy planes they had interned, like three C-47's that had landed in Spanish Morocco, and put in their airline.

    The biggest problem with this book was no proofreading. My mother was an English teacher, and I know she'd have a fit if she saw this. Also, the color plates of the Bf-109's and Fw-190's are great for modelers, but they're in the wrong order in the book, and should have been reversed so they'd match up with the text.

    Still, overall, not a bad addition to my library, and you might go for it as well. I give it 3 stars.
     
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    I wonder how legal the acquisition of the aircraft was...what would happen if America for example wanted its planes back after he war?
     
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  3. ColHessler

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    It's not like we were hurting for planes, and Franco laid down money for them. Win win!
     
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    I believe the Spanish had a "Blue Division" in Russia also. Did the "Blue Squadron(s) just support them?
     
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    Actually, the Blue Division was supposed to be in Army Group Center, but got transferred to Army Group North. So, no.
     

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