The Spanish Civil War 1936–39 (1)

The Spanish Civil War 1936–39 (1)

Nationalist Forces

Men-at-Arms 495
  • Author: Alejandro de Quesada
  • Illustrator: Stephen Walsh
  • Short code: MAA 495
  • Publication Date: 20 May 2014
  • Number of Pages: 48
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The Spanish Civil War, 1936-39, was the curtain-raiser to World War II, and the major international event of the 1930s. It was the first great clash of 20th-century ideologies, between the rebel Nationalist army led by General Franco (right-wing, and aided by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy), and the Republican army of the government (left-wing, and aided by the Communist Soviet Union and many volunteers from liberal democracies). Three years of widespread campaigns involved the most modern weapons available. The war was fought ruthlessly by both sides, and when the Nationalists secured victory they installed a dictatorship that lasted until November 1975 - the last such regime in Western Europe. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork, this first part of a two-part study depicts the fighting men of the Nationalist forces that strove to take control of Spain alongside their German and Italian allies.

Biographical Note

Alejandro de Quesada is a Florida-based military history writer, an experienced researcher, and collector of militaria, photos and documents. He runs an archive and historical consultancy for museums and films as a secondary business. Alejandro has written over 100 articles and over 25 books, including several for Osprey, and is a leading authority on Latin American subjects.


Introduction: historical background
Chronology of main events, 1931-39
Franco's Nationalist armies: organization, orders of battle; uniforms, weapons, equipment
Regional troops: Galicia, Andalucia, Navarra, etc.
Troops from Africa: Moroccan, African nomadic, Spanish Foreign Legion
Security troops: Guardia Civil, Cuerpo de Seguridad
Spanish Falange and other political militias
Nationalist Air Force
Nationalist Navy
Foreign volunteers: German Legion Condor, Italian Volunteer Corps, Irish Brigade, Portuguese volunteers
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