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"Forsyth is a renowned expert on the subject of the German Luftwaffe in WW II, and this book proves he knows quite a bit about the pre-war Luftwaffe too. In Aces of the Legion Condor, his knowledge of the subject is confirmed in a thoroughly documented text." -Roger Rasor, IPMS/USA

"Robert Forsyth tells a superb story of the fighter arm of the Legion Condor ... The book is full of pilot stories, superb period photos and a goodly selection of full color profiles; just what we have all come to expect from Osprey." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

"Osprey's latest title added to the Aircraft of the Aces series is interesting and informative. Excellent story, colour profiles, and period images will be familiar to all that read Osprey books and Aces of the Condor Legion has it all. The book does a great job of detailing the events that took place during their time in the Spanish Civil War. From the He 51 to the new Me 109s and the men that flew them, the story is told from the beginning of the creation of the Legion Condor." -www.inscale.org

"Color photos, black and white vintage photos, and in-depth descriptions of the aircraft and their history make this a top survey!" - The Midwest Book Review (September 2011)

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Robert Forsyth has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe for many years. He has thrice authored books for Osprey - AEUs Jagdverband 44 - Squadron of Experten and Jagdgeschwader 7 'Nowotny' and the Duel title Fw 190 vs B-17. He is also the author of JV 44 - The Galland Circus (1996), Battle over Bavaria: The B-26 versus the German Jets (1998), Mistel: German Composite Aircraft and Operations 1942-1945 (2001) and Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerikabomber (2006 - with Eddie J Creek). He works in publishing.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Luftwaffe Aces of the Spanish Civil War! 26. Juni 2011
Von Mike O'Connor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
During the Spanish Civil War, Luftwaffe 'volunteers' saw air combat in Heinkel 51 and Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. Over 20 pilots including such legendary figures as Werner Molders, Hannes Trautloft and Gunther Lutzow scored five or more kills. Luftwaffe authority Robert Forsyth chronicles the combat exploits of those pilots in this excellent 2011 Osprey publication, #99 in their 'Aircraft of the Aces' series.

Though Forsyth's book is entitled ACES OF THE LEGION CONDOR, Luftwaffe fighter pilots such as Trautloft, Herwig Knuppel and Kraft Eberhardt had already been in action prior to the Legion's creation in November 1936 as part of Sonderstab W. Their Heinkel biplanes, though not world-winners, generally triumphed over the grab-bag collection of aircraft operated by the Republican forces. When Soviet I-15 and I-16 fighters were introduced in November however, the He 51's days as an air-superiority fighter were over. The He 51 squadrons were switched to ground-attack chores and Bf 109s, along with additional pilots, were hurriedly dispatched to Spain. These reinforcements, whose ranks included such luminaries as Lutzow, Molders, Walter Oseau, Wolfgang Lippert, Wilhelm Balthasar and Herbert Ihlefeld, quickly regained control of the Spanish skies for Franco. By war's end, the 26 Legion Condor aces had claimed 190-odd kills.

For those with little knowledge of Legion Condor ops or the Spanish Civil War in general, Forsyth's book is an informative, well-illustrated and exciting summary of the Legion's men and missions. As documented in ACES OF THE LEGION CONDOR, the German units played decisive roles not just in air combat but ground attack as well. His use of first-person reminiscences, some quite extensive, bring the Legion's war to life. On an off note, I was surprised at the scanty coverage given to Molders' record, given that he was the top-scoring ace with 14 kills but that's just me.

As always, Jim Laurier's profile artwork is first-rate; likewise, Mark Postlethwaite's cover art.

In short, ACES OF THE LEGION CONDOR is another fine addition to the Osprey Aces series. Forsyth's well-researched book provides a fascinating, 'you-are-there' look at the Legion Condor's fighter units in combat. Recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Legion Condor Authority !!!!! 30. Juni 2011
Von Stacy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I am a long time reader and fan of the Osprey series of aviation titles and the "Aircraft of the Aces" series in particular. These books are top notch concise, thorough, informative, and thrilling resources. Aces of the Legion Condor continues this streak of victories and then some! As a student of the various Jagdgeschwader/Verband/Gruppen and Luftwaffe fighter units of all orders of battle I have long pined for an Osprey title on the legendary Legion Condor (a.k.a.- Condor Legion, Legion Kondor, etc.). This is one of the least storied and most misunderstood Luftwaffe units and this book delivers beautifully with an expert blend of the stories behind the planes and the men who flew them.
The Legion Condor was the modest beginnings of many of the Luftwaffe's great aces and leaders that would emerge in the six years of bloody conflict that was soon to follow this baptism of fire in the Spanish Civil War.

The experiences these formations were exposed to aided the Luftwaffe to forge and refine fighter tactics in dogfighting, bomber escort, and intercept missions that made them the nearly unstoppable force the would be for much of the Second World War. Figures such as Adolf Galland and Werner Molders tasted their first victories and gained priceless experience they took back to Germany to train the growing fighter force for the coming conflict.

The descriptions of the planes, the sweltering summers, the nerve racking missions, to the glow of victory in the pilots' own words, this book is a must have for any WW2 fighter enthusiast; for this is the flagship work on "where it all began".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen excellant from the start. 6. August 2011
Von John R. Beaman Jr. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Robert Forsyth is well known for meticulous research and good narrative in the same book. This volume is no exception. Many know of the Luftwaffe "Experten" from WWII, but this volume answers how many of them got their start, gaining experience and expertise that was unmatched when the war began. This was learned in Spain's Civil War. Robert does a great job of blending narrative with detail and personal stories.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen German air presence in the Spanish Civil War/Revolution 18. Juni 2013
Von Steven Peterson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
The Spanish Civil War/Revolution (depending on which actor was being supported) is fascinating for so many reasons--international bridges, fascism versus socialism versus anarchism versus monarchists. . . . Another reason for examining this conflict is that major powers tested their weapons systems at that time. In this bloody war, we see Italians, Soviets,, and German forces involved.

This slender Osprey volume focuses on one actor in the war--the German pilot "volunteers." We see how the German forces came to be involved in Spain, how the different aircraft performed, the development of strategy and tactics in the air. . . .

The German fighter plane first used? A biplane! Okay until it began to come up against Soviet fighters. The Heinkel 51 (HE 51) had uses, but it soon became obvious that it was not a world class fighter. Next up? The superior monoplane, the Messerschmidt 109--a redoubtable fighter (as it evolved) during the early stages of World War II.

This book does a nice job of detailing the planes, their pilots, the logistics, and the organization of the German forces. For a quick introduction tho the subject, this will serve the reader well.
5.0 von 5 Sternen ACES OF THE LEGION CONDOR 28. Juli 2013
Von Robert A. Lynn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch

A notable feature of the Spanish Civil War was the participation of foreign troops on a scale unmatched by any previous internal conflict. Two ideologically-opposed groups were trying to seize power in Spain and htis must have caused far-seeing politicians in other nations of the same color to consider what implications a preponderance of the extreme left or right in any future Spanish government might have for their own nations and strategic objectives.

As matters stood, the new face of Spain after the civil war could only bear communist or purely fascist-nationalist features. Small wonder then, that such a problem provoked the classic, if still young states of the opposing ideologies to become actively involved. Requests for aid from the two sides in Spain were only too willingly acceded to, with Italy and Germany on the one hand and the USSR on the other promising aid in the form of personnel and material. Without the intervention of these two power blocks it is unlikely that the Spanish Civil War could have assumed the proportions that it did, characterized by the large-scale use of modern weaponry, such as aircraft and tanks. However, a smaller war lasting some years would probably have driven the nation to economic ruin without producing a clear political result.

However it wasn't just the previously mentioned states which contributed to the rise of tensions in Spain, taking into the bargain the risk o the conflict a widenng into a general European war. Despite their membership in the Non-Intervention Committee (NIC), France, Great Britain, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia continued to deliver arms to the Republican side. There could be no question of compliance with the agreed-upon arms embargo. The absolute secrecy of such activities on the part of sympathetic governments allowed very little of the scope and nature of these arms deliveries to filter through to the outside world.

ACES OF THE LEGION CONDOR is a detailed history of the German volunteer unit that fought with pro-Franco forces during the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939. Many tactics and strategies of the later Luftwaffe were first formulated and used during operations in Spain. Also, various German aircraft were tested and used, such as the famous Ju-87, Do-17, He-111, and Bf-109-all stalwarts of the later Luftwaffe during World War II. Many Luftwaffe pilots received combat training in Spain: Werner Molders, Adolf Galland, Hannes Trautloft, and Gunther Lutzow (to name just a few) all earned their wings as members of the Condor Legion. This book includes the many personalities, thorough battle analysis, photographs, color illustrations of the aircraft they flew, and the technical aspects of the weaponry they used. The result is a superb historical study of the early Luftwaffe.

As a footnote, on Pages 58 and 59 the bombing of Guernica is mentioned. It has long been held among many individuals that it was the Condor Legion that had done it but new research and scholarship in recent years has come to light to challenge that long term historical viewpoint. Reporting on a visit to Guernica, The Times military correspondent wrote the following on 5 May 1937: "That Guernica after a week's bombardment by aircraft and artillery shouldn't have shown signs of fire supports the Nationalist contention that aircraft weren't responsible for the burning of this town, which was bombed intermittently for a period of two hours. In Guernica, few fragments of bombs have been recovered, the facades of buildings still standing are unmarked, and the few craters I inspected were larger than anything hitherto made by abomb in Spain. From their position, it is a fair inference that these craters were caused by exploding mines which were unscientifically laid to cut roads."

A further unidentified source echoed this: "What actually happened was that industrial Basques, miners from Asturias, experts in explosives, fired and dynamited the town according to a pre-arranged plan. Two French artillery officers, veterans of World War I, inspected the town when Franco's troops entered. What they saw was, they said, largely the result of arson and incendiarism. Petrol had been largely used, plus dynamite. Each alleged 'bomb' crater coincided with a sewer-manhole on the street, and where there had been no sewers, there had been no 'bombs.'

And Sir Arnold Wilson, Conservative member of Parliament for Hitchin, Hertfordshire, wrote to The Observer after a visit to Guernica, on 3 October 1937: There was no evidence of damage from aerial bombardment, he said, but "most if not all of the damage was caused by wilful (spelling) incendiarism and such is the verdict of the inhabitants." Sir Arnold was convinced that Guernica was a "put-up job," a Red atrocity-story calculated to recoil on Franco and the Germans.

Thousands were said to have been killed by the bombs. This version of history-no surprises here-has been uncritically adopted ever since by conformist historians who carried out no original research. The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, a Communist multi-millionaire, commemorated the raid in a famous propaganda painting titled "Guernica". It is on display in the United Nations building and the original and sketches are displayed in a gallery in Madrid. Closer examination reveals the Picasso painting to be a surrealist depiction of a bullfight; his first skecthes for it are found in his notebooks dating back over one year before the raid.

Further evidence is provided in Luis Bolin's memoir of the Spanish Civil War, SPAIN: THE VITAL YEARS in which he discusses the Guernica controversy. He flew General Franco to Spain at the start of the war. Also, the local registry of births and deaths lists 98 deaths from the air raid (most of them killed in one incident on a shelter near the local asylum, the Hospital-Asilo Calzada) and the local Communist newspaper Euzkadi Roja, publishing a report on the raid on 28 April 1937, which included a list of names of those injured in the attack.

Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
Orlando, Florida
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