SMHS Meeting - Arms in the Spanish Civil War

08 Feb 2012

Our February meeting saw returning speaker Roger Price tackling the topic of ‘Arms in the Spanish Civil War'. After a resume of the protagonists and historical background to the conflict Roger explained how, despite being party to the Non- Intervention Pact many European countries supplied arms and manpower to the combatants.

Roger went on to cover how Germany and Italy provided an airlift” to the Army of Africa, Spain's elite army garrisoned in Spanish Morocco - on a fleet of Junkers JU 52 and Savoia-Marchetti aircraft and thereafter supported the Nationalist side with planes and tanks, notably the Panzer I.

The Republicans sought military assistance from the Soviet Union, the only other revolutionary state in Europe. The cost of the assistance was paid for” with the Spanish Gold Reserve; this however allowed provision of nearly 400 of the versatile T-26, light infantry tank along with many aircraft and artillery pieces.

The conflict realised an opportunity for the testing of Arms and tactics which were soon to feature in WW2.

Roger confessed his inspiration for the subject stemmed from reading Orwell's Homage to Catalonia”.

Society Members are reminded that they are at liberty to make use of the Society's Reference Library - free of charge - a catalogue is available at our monthly meetings and Stewart will bring ordered books to the following month's meeting.

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