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Spanish Civil War
The Condor Legion

THE CONDOR LEGION

THE WEHRMACHT’S TRAINING GROUND

 The Condor Legion was the expeditionary force of soldiers and airmen sent by Hitler to aid Franco’s Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War.  The Germans used the war as an opportunity to develop equipment and tactics, and their force included not only instructors, but also combat units of artillery, aircraft, and tanks.  These units tested guns, planes and tanks, and perfected techniques that were used in the 1940 Blitzkreig.

Many of the officers prominent in the early campaigns of WW2 won their first successes in Spain. 

In October 1936, 2 German ships arrived in Spain loaded with a Panzer 1 Company, and all the services and personnel to establish Franco’s army’s first armoured unit. The so called PANZER-GRUPPE DROHNE.

Oberstleutnant Willhelm Ritter Von Thoma was to command the contingent.
 

Two versions of the Panzerkampfwagen 1 were shipped to Spain, the A and B.  The design was pioneered by Krupp in the early 1930’s. The PzKpfw 1 A had a two man crew, and was armed with two 7.92mm MG13s.

Battle experience in the SCW indicated that the Pzkpfw had several weaknesses. Its 0.5inch armour offered little protection against even the smallest anti-tank guns possessed by the Republicans. Its weapons were also far to lightweight to take on enemy tanks and the vehicle lacked the endurance to participate in prolonged action, often leaving the 2 man crew working in its cramped condition quickly exhausted.  These invaluable practical lessons added impetus to new tank designs, although the Pzkpfw 1 itself continued to see service in Poland and France during 1939 and 1940. 

Figures will be sold separately, and will be usable with several different models.

 

Item #

Description

 Price


COND01(424)

PzKpfw 1A

$138.00
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COND01A
Condor Legion Tank Commander A $28.00
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COND01B
Condor Legion Tank Commander B $28.00
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COND02(421)

PzKpfw Ausf B

$152.00
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COND02(42
2)

PzKpfw Ausf B

$152.00
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COND03
T-26 Light Tank $169.00
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COND03A
T-26 Light Tank Commander $30.00
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COND04

Kleiner Panzerbefehlswagen 1 Ausf B

$148.00
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COND05

Messerschmitt BF-109E (6-123)

$209.00
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COND05P

Oblt. Hans Schmoller-Haldy, 3.J/88 Legion Condor, March 1939

$33.00
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COND06
Pilot and NCO of Luftwaffe Signals Unit $68.00
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COND07
Sentry

$35.00
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NAT01
The Prisoner $68.00
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SCW01

Lancia 1ZM Armored Car

$158.00
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Republican Forces 

Item #

Description

 Price


REP01

T-26 Model 1935, Republican Light Tank

$172.00
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REP01A
Republican Tank Commander (This figure will be suitable for both the T-26 and the BT-05, which will be available in 2-3 months time. $25.00
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REP01B
International Brigades, Tank Riders #1 $68.00
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REP01C
International Brigades, Tank Riders #2 $68.00
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REP02
BT-5 "Fast Tank" (REP-01A The T-26 Tank Commander can be used with this model) $178.00
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REP05

POLIKARPOV I-16, CM-023, 1st Escuadrilla de Moscas, May 1937, FRANK GLASGOW TINKER (2pcs)

$198.00
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