By Michael Alpert (auth.)

Michael Alpert's research of the Spanish Civil struggle is devoted to the overseas elements of the clash, and covers the total period, environment the motion in Spain opposed to significant occasions through the international of the Nineteen Thirties. because the first version of this ebook new archival fabric has turn into on hand and this absolutely revised version comprises the newest examine at the Spanish Civil battle. This contextual method of the Spanish Civil conflict bargains insights into the learn of this conflict.

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The Abwehr, did not show any part icular inte rest in Spain befo re the Civil War, despite the ne twork of espionage and the co nnectio ns established from 1925 onwards by Adm iral Wilhelm 25 26 A New International History of the Spanish Civil War Canaris. later Head of the Abwehr. Several connections were also made in the field of ci vil aviation and between high-ranking army officers such as General Sanjurjo, whose accide ntal death at the outset of the Civil War preve nted him becomin g the leader of the new regime, and with General Franco and Colonel Beigbeder.

To assemble the Junke rs and the Heinkel fighters . The field commander, Major Scheele, had been forbidden to fly combat missions, but the Republican fleet had to be kept away from the ports where Franco 's convoys were landing his men, The order was certainly changed quite soo n, perhaps because of the accidents caused by the inexperienced Spanish pilots who flew the Heinkels. Scheele was ordered to organise bombing raids. Two Junkers-52 were altered to carry bombs and attacked the battleship Jaime Primero off Malaga on 14 August.

Whose enmity to his country's government was open, was being watched by the authorities, would they not have wondered why he was flying to Casablanca when he had told his wife 10put it about that he was going to Oslo? Is it possible that the British authorities suspec ted what Bolfn was up to? During the flight the radio operator turned out to be so incredibly incompetent. nearly compelling Bebb 10 land in Spain against BoUn's instructions, that Major Pollard had him repatriated by the British consul.

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