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Legion Condor Aces (Aircraft of the Aces)
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 April 2012
If you are interested in the fighter aspect of the air combat in the Spanish Civil War (from the Nationalist perspective) there are worse places to start than here. As in other volumes in the series, you get a chronological telling of events, with a historical introduction to the conflict, the decisions that led to the formation of the Condor Legion, and (for the main part) the operations of the Legion's units.

Most of the high scoring aces are mentioned, with some of their actions described but this reads more like a report of daily operations, with the focus on the aces at times quite limited. Moelders, for instance, who was both the highest scorer, as well as a significant contributor does not really get more than 4 paragraphs, with Galland similarly sparsely treated.

What the book does have, is a wealth of period photographs (not always fitting chronologically to the text), some very nice colour drawings, and it will give you an overall flair of operations of Condor Legion (again almost exclusively the fighter arm thereoff). At the end there is a useful summary of all high scorers (5 victories or more), together with their later, WW2 air combat accomplishments and career steps.

What is unfortunately covered very lightly, is the development of aerial tactics (again a couple of paragraphs at two different parts of the book), so for that you will need to look elsewhere. I was also missing an evaluation of how the He-112 compared to the Bf-109, and there is hardly any indication on the difference in performance and use of the C - E versions of the latter, too.

Overall it is a good 'executive summary' but if your interest in the conflict was piqued, you will do much better with one of the more comprehensive sources the author provides in the bibliography.

Final note for the Kindle edition - the transfer was very well executed, with the pictures of an appropriate size, and titles properly starting and ending on the same page (not always true of picture captions but that is easier to excuse with the format).
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on 7 November 2014
Super detailed study of the aircraft and pilots
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on 30 July 2014
as advertised
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