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Spanish Civil War Tanks (New Vanguard) [Paperback]

Steven J Zaloga , Tony Bryan
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10 Aug 2010 New Vanguard (Book 170)
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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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (10 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846035120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846035128
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.3 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a truly fascinating and informative title that offers a valuable pre-history to WWII. The Spanish Civil War was used as a testing ground for German and Soviet weapons and this book provides a great introduction. I would highly recommend this title to historians, armour enthusiasts and modellers. Highly recommended. --Model Military International

As to be expected of this Zaloga work, each chapter is carefully crafted to give the reader unsurpassed detail. Tony Bryan's top class artwork is carefully incorporated throughout the book and it also contains an excellent selection of photos, many of them previously unpublished, from the period. Another highly recommended title from Osprey. --Military Modelcraft International

Overall, I'd have no hesitation recommending this book; Zaloga has produced an informative and insightful work in a compact format - an Osprey at its best. --Miniature Wargames

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction 5 Jan 2011
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I would rcommend this for those who have an interest in this period, this war or tank development. Good colour plates illustrating the 'light' tanks used in this conflict. One of Osprey's better books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for military historians 9 April 2011
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Superbly detailed, full of pictures and filled with information I haven't been able to find from other sources. If this sort of thing interests you buy it, you won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study of SCW tanks 26 April 2014
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For all AFV enthusiasts and those generally interested in this conflict, there is no better book on the subject in English. Good photographs and excellent colour guides which will help those model and war games enthusiasts add realism to their Panzer Mk1s and T.26s. Thoroughly recommended as this is a very carefully researched study of those pre WW2 tanks and the development of tactical use on the battlefield.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proving ground for blitzkrieg - or not? 28 April 2013
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In the standard paperback format of Osprey this tome has 48 pages, containing text, 40 photos (b&w inevitably), 8 pages of colour drawings, including a cutaway of a T26.
He starts with a review of world tank technology & history at the outbreak of the SCW. Then a brief exposition of the state of tanks in Spain, or more accurately AFV, as he covers protegido camion. An explanation of the complex history leading to the outbreak of the SCW and then into the opening stages of the war, with particular discussion on the supply and use of AFV. He finishes with a section on the lessons of the Spanish Civil War, where intriguingly, but also correctly (in my opinion, at any rate) debunks the cliche which forms the subtitle of the book.
You wanna know more - buy the book and read it.
An excellent overview of the subject, necessarily brief, but I think that it just about covers everything you really need to know - and if you want more then check the "Further Reading" pages.
An excellent buy for all enthusiasts of the subject, and particularly for the new student
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Wargaming Book 2 Oct 2012
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I have bought a number of books by Steven Zaloga over the years and always enjoyed them. Osprey is such an odd publisher. There seems to be no quality control so their books vary enormously in quality. Zaloga though is an odds on bet for a good read.

This isn't just a list of tanks and some pretty pics, although it contains both, but an explanation of the role and limitations of armour in the Spanish Civil War. I particularly liked the section on what lessons were learn't about armoured warfare from the war - precious little is the answer. Zaloga offers evidence that, contrary to popular assumption, the SCW was not "the proving ground for Blitzkrieg". So what do Osprey do? Under the title Spanish Civil War Tanks they proudly post "The Proving Ground for Blitzkrieg".

Highly recommended to anyone interested in the SCW, or tank development in the 30s.
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