Spanish Civil War Tanks: The Proving Ground for Blitzkrieg

Spanish Civil War Tanks: The Proving Ground for Blitzkrieg

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By (author) Steven J. Zaloga, Illustrated by Tony Bryan

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 240mm x 6mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 24 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846035120
  • ISBN 13: 9781846035128
  • Illustrations note: 20 MONO; 28 COL
  • Sales rank: 148,220

Product description

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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Author information

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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"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,