By Ian Westwell
On 27 July 1936, Adolf Hitler despatched the Nationalists 26 German fighter airplane. He additionally despatched 30 Junkers 52s from Berlin and Stuttgart to Morocco. Over the subsequent couple of weeks the plane transported over 15,000 troops to Spain. In September 1936, Lieutenant Colonel Walther Warlimont of the German normal employees arrived because the German commander and armed forces adviser to normal Francisco Franco. the subsequent month Warlimont advised German Condor Legion can be shaped to struggle within the Spanish Civil conflict. Hitler gave permission and the preliminary strength consisted a Bomber staff of 3 squadrons of Ju52 bombers; a Fighter crew with 3 squadrons of He51 combatants; a Reconnaissance team with squadrons of He99 and He70 reconnaissance bombers; and a Seaplane Squadron of He59 and He60 floatplanes. a complete of 19,000 Germans served within the Spanish Civil conflict. of those, 298 have been misplaced, with 173 being killed by means of the enemy. This integrated 102 aircrew, 27 fighter pilots and 21 antiaircraft workforce. a mess have been killed in injuries and others died of ailment. The Condor Legion misplaced seventy two airplane to enemy motion. one other one hundred sixty have been misplaced in flying injuries. The Condor Legion again domestic in 1938 and there has been an immense parade via Berlin to commemorate its good fortune.
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