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Nazi Involvement in the Spanish Civil War


Last updated 3 Sept 2018

The Spanish Civil War was a conflict between the Nationalist and Republican forces in Spain. The communists in support of the Republic and right wing supporters of General Franco. Hitler used his military force to assist Franco in defeating the republican forces in Spain.

During 1937, Hitler tested out his air force on Spain to aid General Franco. The results were devastating. Large areas of towns such as Guernica were destroyed killing many of the civilians. The testing of blitzkrieg tactics using Stuka dive bombers proved to be a lethal development in warfare and proved to Hitler that it could be used for maximum devastation elsewhere.


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