Tank Combat in Spain

Armored Warfare During the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

Anthony Candil

This book covers the deployment of tanks during the Spanish Civil War, how they fought, and the lessons derived from their use in that conflict.
Publication date:
June 2021
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
24-page plate section
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ISBN : 9781612009704

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• Covers in details the armour deployed to Spain by Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union
• Explores the tactics used and how these were developed during the war
• Text accompanied by over 60 photos

Although Spain had been for many years on the periphery of the great affairs of Europe, within a few months of the Civil War breaking out in 1936, three out of the four major European powers - Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union - decided to intervene. Spain turned out to be the perfect proving ground to carry out controlled, realistic experiments with live weapons and troops.

This book covers the theories of the three main contributors that provided armour to the warring parties in the civil war, how those contributions shaped combat, and how the lessons learnt were then applied to tank combat in World War II. The use of tanks in the Spanish Civil War wedded traditional war to modern technology. The fighting in Spain did not offer any easy answers, however, to the question of infantry-armour cooperation, primarily because the tanks supplied were not very worthy and had been supplied in small numbers, even though the Republicans organized an ‘armoured division'. The situation for the tanks on the Nationalist side was so bad in practical terms that they re-used captured Russian armour in their units.

Tank employment in Spain did offer many lessons, but the lessons did not always lie in what was done or accomplished but precisely on what was not done and was not accomplished.