Spanish Civil War Tanks: The Proving Ground for Blitzkrieg

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The tanks used during the Spanish Civil War are not often examined in any great detail, and are often labeled as little more than test vehicles in a convenient proving ground before World War II. But, with groundbreaking research, armor expert Steven J Zaloga has taken a fresh look at the tanks deployed in Spain, examining how future tanks and armored tactics were shaped and honed by the crews' experiences, and how Germany was able to benefit from these lessons while their ...
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Overview

The tanks used during the Spanish Civil War are not often examined in any great detail, and are often labeled as little more than test vehicles in a convenient proving ground before World War II. But, with groundbreaking research, armor expert Steven J Zaloga has taken a fresh look at the tanks deployed in Spain, examining how future tanks and armored tactics were shaped and honed by the crews' experiences, and how Germany was able to benefit from these lessons while their Soviet opponents were not.

Based on recently uncovered records of Soviet tankers in Spain and rare archival accounts, this book describes the various tanks deployed in Spain, including the PzKpfw I and the T-26.

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"A very readable little book which challenges some of the myth that goes with the subject...  ideal if you just want to find out a bit about the  armour used in the Spanish Civil War, and good ideas for modellers as well." - Robin Buckland, militarymodelling.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846035128
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Series: New Vanguard Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 984,338
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Tank Technology on the Eve of War 5

Tanks in Spain 10

Origins of the Spanish Civil War 12

Initial Battles for Madrid 14

Nationalist Expansion 29

Final Republican Reineforcements 32

Lessons of the Spanish Civil War 40

Further Reading 46

Articles

Books

Index 48

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