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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
Spanish Civil War

1-76670 Ales, Stafano illustrated by Andrea Viotti LE UNIFORME E DISTINTIVI CVI IN SPAGNA 1936-1939 9.5x13, the (78) plates by Viotti are magnificent,color drawings/watercolors depicting equipment,flags, uniforms, badges, insignia etc. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2012 ITALY
NEW-dj, Italian text ......$80.00

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1-228070 Alpert, Michael THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR AT SEA: Dark and Dangerous Waters The Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 underlined the importance of the sea as the supply route to both General Franco's insurgents and the Spanish Republic. There were attempted blockades by Franco as well as attacks by his Italian and German allies against legitimate neutral, largely British, merchant shipping bound for Spanish Republican ports and challenges to the Royal Navy, which was obliged to maintain a heavy presence in the area. The conflict provoked splits in British public opinion.

Events at sea both created and reflected the international tensions of the latter 1930s, when the policy of appeasement of Germany and Italy dissuaded Britain from taking action against those countries' activities in Spain, except to participate in a largely ineffective naval patrol to try to prevent the supply of war material to both sides. The book is based on original documentary sources in both Britain and Spain and is intended for the general reader as well as students and academics interested in the history of the 1930s, in naval matters and in the Spanish Civil War. Includes 8 black and white illustrations, three black and white maps, and various tables.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available mid September 2021 ......$43.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-204250 Arias, Raul and Molina, Lucas LEGION CONDOR: History, Organization, Aircraft, Uniforms, Awards, and Memorabilia - 1936-1939 This new, large format book contains over 1,000 images of Germany's Legion Condor during the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939. Coverage of all branches of the Legion Condor, with a special emphasis on aviation, includes detailed operational and unit histories, technical aspects of aircraft flown, biographies of noted personalities, and a look at uniforms, insignia and equipment.

Superbly rendered full-color aircraft profiles show the variety of fighter, bomber, recon, and transport aircraft used. Covered too are the panzer, flak and naval units of the Legion Condor. A collection of hundreds of extremely rare Legion Condor artifacts - in full-color - rounds out this comprehensive look at the infamous pre-World War II German military. 1 vol, 296 pgs 2013 ATGLEN, SCHIFFER BOOKS
NEW-dj ......$80.00 with a discount of 10%

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1-227210 Candil, Anthony TANK COMBAT IN SPAIN: Armored Warfare During the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 Within months of the 1936 start of the Spanish Civil War, three out of the four major European powers (Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union) decided to intervene. Spain turned out to be the perfect proving ground to carry out controlled, realistic experiments with live weapons and troops. This book covers the theories of the three main contributors that provided armor to the warring parties in the civil war, how those contributions shaped combat, and how the lessons learned were then applied to tank combat in World War II.

The use of tanks in the Spanish Civil War wedded traditional war to modern technology. The fighting in Spain did not offer any easy answers, however, to the question of infantry-armor cooperation, primarily because the tanks supplied were not very worthy and had been supplied in small numbers, even though the Republicans organized an 'armored division.' The situation for the tanks on the Nationalist side was so bad in practical terms that they reused captured Russian armor in their units. Tank employment in Spain did offer many lessons, but the lessons did not always lie in what was done or accomplished but precisely on what was not done and was not accomplished. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-223300 Clifford, Alexander The People's Army in the Spanish Civil War Why did the Spanish Republic lose the Spanish Civil War - and could the Republic have won? These are the key questions Alexander Clifford addresses in this in-depth study of the People's Army and the critical battles of Brunete, Belchite and Teruel. These battles represented the Republic's best chance of military success, but after bitter fighting its forces were beaten back. From then on the Republic, facing the superior army of Franco and the Nationalists, aided by Germany and Italy, faced inevitable defeat. 30 black and white illustrations

This tightly focused and perceptive account of the military history of the Republic and its army is fascinating reading. As well as providing a broad overview of the strategy and tactics of the People's Army and its Nationalist opponents, Alexander Clifford quotes vivid eyewitness testimony to give the reader a direct insight into the experience of the front-line soldiers on both sides during these three critical battles. Their recollections reveal to the reader what it was like to fight in the scorching heat of the plains around Brunete, in the shattered streets of Belchite - still ruined to this day - and in the frozen hills of Teruel.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available late April 2020 ......$43.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-228040 Clifford, Alexander FIGHTING FOR SPAIN: The International Brigades in the Civil War, 1936-1939 In the English-speaking world, the Spanish Civil War is perhaps best remembered through the exploits of thousands of foreign volunteers from across the globe who joined the International Brigades -- a force of communists, socialists and others who took their opposition to fascism to extraordinary lengths. Their passionate political commitment to Spain's cause and determination in battle placed them among the crack troops of the Republic's People's Army.

Yet while much has been written about the political, social, and cultural significance of the brigades and their experience in Spain, less has been said about their performance as front-line troops. This well-illustrated new study focuses on the brigades as combat units, tracing the course of each major battle in which they fought and showing the drastic changes they underwent as the war progressed - from an untrained militia in 1936, to the tried and tested shock troops of 1937, to a shadow of their former selves by 1938 after repeated maulings and the introduction of Spanish conscripts to fill their ranks. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-200870 English, Adrian J. THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR AT SEA Although the Spanish Civil War was decided on land, the naval aspects carried considerable weight in helping determine supplies and reinforcements, not to mention naval battles and actions actions throughout the war. Profusely illustrated with b/w photos and some maps, this is a concise account of the naval war. includes appendices with ship orders of battle by year and quick ship stats, plus rank and uniform details. B/w uniform plates by J M Bueno. 1 vol, 191 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
NEW-dj, available late February 2013 ......$42.00

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1-237920 Esdaile, Charles BRITISH BATTLES OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR: How Volunteers from Britain Fought Against Franco Re-examines the contribution of the British Brigaders who fought in the Spanish Civil War for the Republic against the Nationalists of General Franco. During the war the Nationalists exaggerated the importance of the International Brigades in order to demonstrate the influence of the Communists on the Republic, and the Republicans portrayed them as part of the great crusade to defend democracy.

Then, after the war, surviving Brigaders tended to overstate the part they played and the sacrifices they made. The one fact that nobody would dispute was the terrible losses sustained by the volunteers. This produced an impression that they were veritable men of iron who played a key part in the fighting and helped stave off the Nationalist victory until the eve of the Second World War. Includes detailed descriptions of major battles and impact of British performance on course of the battles. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2023 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available mid August 2023 ......$50.00 with a discount of 15% inc

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1-42130 Hall, Chris REVOLUTIONARY WARFARE:Spain 1936-1937 Brief look at the various 'revolutionary factions' covers training, uniforms, arms, armored vehicles organization, actions, foreign volunteers, b/w illust, biblio. 1 vol, 52 pgs 1996 UK, GOSLING PRESS
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1-55750 Hall, Chris VIVA LA MUERTE:Nationalist forces 1936-1939 Descriptive account of the various Nationalist units and their uniforms, b/w illust, good biblio. 1 vol, 51 pgs 1998 UK, GOSLING PRESS
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1-220170 Hooton, E.R. SPAIN IN ARMS: A Military History of the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 Examines how the Spanish Civil War conflict developed on the battlefield through the prism of eight campaigns between 1937-1939 and shows how many accounts of military operations during this conflict are based upon half-truths and propaganda. Includes 20 black and white photographs and 20 maps.

Includes the Italian campaign against the Basques on the Northern Front in 1937 was one of the most spectacular Nationalist successes of the Civil War, with 60,000 prisoners taken. Claims to be the first book to quote secret data about Italian air operations intercepted by the British -- the Italians flew 1,215 sorties and dropped 231 tons of bombs during the campaign, whilst also suffering the heaviest losses.

It also demonstrates how the Nationalists won not simply by benefitting from a cornucopia of modern arms from the Fascist powers but by using its limited resources to maximum effect, including training and overall command and the Republic's corresponding weaknesses in the same fields. The Republican Brunete and Belchite offensives of 1937 are described in detail, from the weapons they carried and the tactics they employed to the dynamic Nationalist response and reaction of the generals.

This book also explores how the extent of foreign intervention on both sides has been greatly exaggerated throughout history and provides the first accurate information on this military intervention, using British and French archives to produce a radically different but more accurate account of the battles and the factors and men who shaped them. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2019 US, CASEMATE
NEW-dj, available early May 2019 ......$33.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-222290 Jose Mar?a Mata, Lucas Molina, Jos? Mar?a Manrique GERMAN VEHICLES IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR: A Comprehensive Study of the Deployment of German Military Vehicles on the Eve of WW2 A comprehensive and up-to-date study of the combat and logistics vehicles which formed part of the German contingent that fought in the Spanish Civil War alongside the rebels. Contains over 500 top quality images, most of them previously unpublished, with each model that served in Spain.

Examines a wide range of vehicles: from the humblest motorcycle to the Horch staff car; from Opel 'Blitz', MAN Diesel, Mercedes, and Krupp trucks to the enormous Vomag 3LR 443 truck; not forgetting all the different types of military ambulances seen in Spain during the war years. The Panzer I, which so surprised the world in the Polish campaign and initially equipped the German Panzerdivisionen, was first seen in the Spanish Civil War, together with a wide range of war materiel such as antitank guns, flamethrowers, and so on. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2019 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
NEW-dj, available mid December 2019 ......$40.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-1947606 Mugani, Bruno Foreign Volunteers & International Brigades in Spain (1936-39) The International Brigades were volunteer military units composed of foreigners who fought on the side of the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War. Motivated to fight on political or social grounds, they made their way to Spain independently of the Spanish government. Originally, there was no real organization to the streams of volunteers arriving from every quarter of the world, but eventually, the units evolved into brigades.

Includes eight full-color pages, with many b/w illustrations and maps. Italian text, but English captions to images. All color plates have full English translations. 1 vol, 68 pgs 2012 ITALY
NEW-softcover, [Italian text with English captions] ......$32.00

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1-COM1096 Starkweather, Adam CRUSADE AND REVOLUTION: The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 DELUXE EDITION Crusade and Revolution uses the traditional card-driven system, adapting it to the specific circumstances of the Spanish Civil War. Each player has his own deck of strategic cards and must make difficult choices on their use throughout the game. Each card has four possible uses, but only one of them can be chosen each time the card is played! The possibilities are:

* Recreate a Historical Event: Each card shows a historical event that affected the course of the war. They include political, military, economic and even social events, as well as the reinforcements that flowed to both sides throughout the war both from within Spain, and from foreign powers Germany, Italy and Russia.
* Conduct Operations: Each card has an operations value that is used for activating units on the game map for movement, preparing fortifications, or attacking.
*Strategic Redeployment (SR) of Troops: Each card has a Strategic Redeployment value that is used to move units great distances on the game map, or to bring units out of Reserve to shore up a threatened flank.
* Replacement Points for Reforming Your Army: Each card has a Replacement Point value which is recorded and used for repairing damaged or rebuilding destroyed units at the end of the turn.

Design uses 'small units' through Feb 1937, switches to 'large units' from March 1937 to February 1938, and then ends with the 'Decisive Phase' that begins in March 1938 and lasts until the end of the war in April 1939. During this time, the Nationalists tried to force the enemy's unconditional surrender, while the Republic fought desperately to resist and prolong the Spanish Civil War to intertwine with looming WWII.

Product Information
Complexity: Medium (6 out of 10)
Solitaire suitability: 4
Time Scale: 1 turn = Two months (1 month during the first 4 turns of the game)
Map Scale: 1 space = approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles)
Unit Scale: (Small Units) from Irregular columns to divisions. (Large Units) From reinforced divisions to army corps.
Players: 2
Playing Time: Small Scenarios: 3-4 hours, Full Campaign: 8+ hours

One 22x34-inch Mounted map
110 Strategy Cards
176 5/8-inch diecut counters
280 1/2-inch diecut counters
Larger counters
One Color Rulebook
One Color Playbook
Four Player Aid Cards
One six-sided die
Optional rules, cards, and units 1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-box ......$129.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-242550 Whitehead, Jonathan THE END OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR: Alicante 1939 Discusses the role that the port of Alicante played at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Starts by explaining how a rebellion of Republican officers, led by Colonel Segismundo Casado, attempted to thwart Juan Negrin's plan to withdraw to Alicante. Originally a remote, quiet port, Alicante became increasingly significant as attention focused on defeated Republicans toward the end of the war. Tens of thousands of refugees descended on Alicante in the hope of rescue by French and British ships that had been promised but which failed to materialize.

Discusses how, despite no aid from British and French governments, Captain Archibald Dickson of the Stanbrook ditched his cargo and transported 3,000 refugees to safety in North Africa. However, when the Generalisimo issued a communique declaring that the war was over, surrounded and captured the bulk of the Republicans, and marched them to an improvised internment camp known as the Campo de los Almendros (Field of Almond Trees). They were then transferred to the infamous concentration camp at Albatera to share the fate of defeated Republicans across Spain and to undergo the program of ideological cleansing of the new fascist authorities. Contains 40 mono illustrations. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2024 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-50410 Wilson, John TANKS & TRUCKS OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR 30+ b/w illust of standard and one-off vehicles used by both sides, biblio. 1 vol, 36 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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