Spanish Republican Aces

Spanish Republican Aces

Paperback Aircraft of the Aces (Osprey)

By (author) Rafael A Permuy Lopez, Illustrated by Julio Lopez Caeiro

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 182mm x 246mm x 10mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 19 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1849086680
  • ISBN 13: 9781849086684
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 201,261

Product description

At the start of the Spanish Civil War, most young fighter pilot officers joined the rebels, while the high ranking officers, grupo or escuadrilla commanders, and the NCOs, sergeants and corporals remained loyal to the government. Mostly flying the obsolete Nieuport Ni.52s these loyalists were soon outpaced by the more modern Fiat CR.32s and Heinkel He 51s. However, at this early stage of the war, there were several Republican airmen who became aces and famous in the process, despite the small numbers of enemy aircraft shot down. Widely speaking, the Republican military aviation did not keep an exhaustive record of individual shooting claims. However, sufficient documentation exists to make a reasonable assumption as to which pilots fall into the ace category. This volume details the exploits of those pilots, complementing previous works in the "Osprey Aircraft of the Aces" series on Nationalist CR.32 Aces and Polikarpov I-15, I-16 and I-152 Aces.

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Author information

Rafael A Permuy LOpez, a Reserve Artillery Major, is a member of the Spanish Instituto de Historia y Cultura AeronAutica and a journalist with a long career in newspapers and military history magazines. A researcher of both Spanish Republican and Nationalist aviation for nearly 40 years, some of his books include Ases de la AviaciOn republicana (2008), As de Picas (2009) and Air War over Spain (2010).

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""Spanish Republican Aces" perfectly complements OSPREY's "Aces of the Legion Condor" (Aces 99) and "Fiat CR.32 Aces of the Spanish Civil War" (Aces 94) ... Robustly recommended."--David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com ..".a fascinating look into a subject for which there has been little written. A book that I know you will find as interesting a read as did I."--Scott Van Aken, "Modeling Madness""The Republican side of this aerial confl ict is well researched and told by Rafael A. Permuy LOpez, the deputy director of the magazine Ares Enalyus [Military History]. As with other titles in Osprey's "Aircraft of the Aces" series, "Spanish Republican Aces" is nicely illustrated and made more complete by Julio LOpez Caeiro's 24 color profiles. It is recommended."--P.K., "Over the Front "(Winter 2012)