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Why did Hitler join the Spanish Civil War?
Nazi support for General Franco was motivated by several factors, including as a distraction from Hitler’s central European strategy, and the creation of a Spanish state friendly to Germany to threaten France. It further provided an opportunity to train men and test equipment and tactics.
Why did Germany and Italy join the Spanish Civil War?
Both Germany and Italy supported the nationalist, right-wing rebels in the Spanish Civil War. For this reason, both Germany and Italy sent troops and air forces to Spain to help the nationalists. They helped to do things like ferrying rebel troops from Morocco to Spain.
Who ran the Luftwaffe?
|Commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe
What was Hitler’s Luftwaffe?
In February 1935, Hitler formally organized the Luftwaffe as a major step in his program of German rearmament. The Luftwaffe was to be un-camouflaged step-by-step so as not to alarm foreign governments, and the size and composition of Luftwaffe units were to remain secret as before.
What was the purpose of the Spanish Civil War?
The Spanish Civil War began on July 17, 1936, when generals Emilio Mola and Francisco Franco launched an uprising aimed at overthrowing the country’s democratically elected republic. The Nationalist rebels’ initial efforts to instigate military revolts throughout Spain only partially succeeded.
What caused the Spanish Civil?
The Spanish Civil War was caused by many factors, including major socio-economic problems, such as poverty and inequality. However, the main cause was all sides’ failure to compromise and to respect the rights and opinions of others.
When was the Luftwaffe created?
February 26, 1935
How did Germany get involved in the Spanish Civil War?
Spanish Civil War German involvement in the Spanish Civil War commenced with the outbreak of war in July 1936, with Adolf Hitler immediately sending in powerful air and armored units to assist General Francisco Franco and his Nationalist forces.
What was the German position on non-intervention in WW2?
On 4 August 1936, non-intervention was put to Nazi Germany by the French. The German position was that such a declaration was not needed, but discussions could be held on preventing the spread of the war to the rest of Europe, so long as the USSR was present. It was mentioned at that meeting that Germany was already supplying the Nationalists.
How many planes did Germany destroy in the Spanish Civil War?
The German military in Spain, who were later reorganised and renamed the Condor Legion, claimed to have destroyed a total of 372 Republican planes and 60 Spanish Republican Navy ships. They lost 72 aircraft due to hostile action and another 160 to accidents.
Why did Germany send planes to Spain in WW2?
Within two weeks of war breaking out, Berlin sent 20 planes and pilots to the Nationalists to assist them with flying in 3,000 troops stationed in Morocco. Most of the German military personnel who travelled to Spain for these missions were volunteers.