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Aces of the Legion Condor by Robert Forsyth

By Robert Forsyth

Via the outbreak of worldwide conflict 2, the Luftwaffe had got potent tactical battlefield adventure from its involvement within the Spanish Civil warfare in 1936-1939, founded 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 components. during this new e-book, writer Robert Forsyth, well known specialist on international struggle 2 German aviation, info 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 ebook is a must have for any German aviation historian or modeler.

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Von Richthofen commented ‘It was a mistake to select Koch, an unknown man, and not to have previously demonstrated the aircraft to him’. In reality, this is probably a reference to Unteroffizier Erwin Kley, who is recorded as having destroyed a Bf 109 in a crash on take-off at Tablada. Furthermore, three more Bf 109s that were due to arrive by steamship were found not to have been loaded in Germany. On 17 December the last of the three Bf 109s at Tablada (V3, V5 and V6) was finally unpacked from its shipping crates.

That year, Oberstleutnant Wilhelm Wimmer, then head of the RLM’s Technical Office, took the somewhat radical decision to allow the struggling aircraft firm Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (BFW), owned by Willy Messerschmitt, to enter a forthcoming competiton for the design of a new fighter aircraft. Despite being permitted to participate in the competition, BFW was considered by many in the Technical Office, including Wimmer, to be a rank outsider. It was felt that Messerschmitt, whose production lineage was formed of a run of somewhat dubious civilian airliners, possessed no experience in the design of high-speed combat aircraft, and thus had little chance of winning against the more experienced Arado and Heinkel companies.

It was incorrectly viewed by many as being a form of civilian flying club emblem. Those in the unit knew otherwise, however. But we had not given much thought to it. ’ However, like their predecessors, the new pilots viewed operating conditions in Spain with some shock and disdain. Harro Harder lamented that Tablada was a ‘jackass station where the situation was awful. We would welcome an opportunity to sort things out. The fighters sit here and don’t go anywhere. The entire operation appears increasingly like some great escapade controlled by incompetent staff officers.

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