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Spanish Civil War 1936–39 (1): Nationalist Forces

Spanish Civil War 1936–39 (1): Nationalist Forces Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review August 2014 Title Spanish Civil War 1936–39 (1): Nationalist Forces
Author Alejandro de Quesada Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2014 ISBN 9781782007821
Format 48 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $17.95


Nearly eight decades have passed.  And the Spanish Civil War still stirs pain, passions and propaganda.  That's why honest historians insist on sifting fact from fiction.

Such is clearly the case with Spanish Civil War 1936–39 (1): Nationalist Forces – number 495 in Osprey's popular "Men-at-Arms" series.

Author Alejandro de Quesada tackles a complicated, convoluted subject – and superbly shoehorns contents into just 48 pages.

After background notes and chronology with map, coverage dispassionately spans all Spanish Nationalist forces:

  • National Army
  • Colonial Troops
  • Foreign Volunteers
  • Air Force
  • Navy
  • Security Forces

Subsequent sections summarize Nationalist domestically manufactured and imported small arms – rifles, pistols, submachine guns and machine guns.

Engrossing anecdotes and fascinating photos tincture text.  Enjoy the entertaining "Irish Brigade" coverage!  Fourteen pages of color plates and commentaries summarize the sweep of Spanish Nationalist service dress.  Sidebars, charts and extended captions augment the account.  And additional comments reference other Osprey books for further detail.  A selected bibliography and index neatly wrap things up.

Seeking a handy entrée to the Spanish Civil War's Nationalist combatants?  Start here.  Then line-up behind me for the pending "Republican" volume!


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!