Issue #21 in 2019 year, 232-239

Buy Planes to win a War. Soviet Aircraft Supplies during the Spanish Civil War

J. Ruiz Núñez

The coup d’état of 17th July 1936 caused a shock in the Spanish Government. The insurgent troops' power and the danger that the Republican state could be controlled by them, aroused the executive power to contact different countries for arms acquisition. After its first attitude, USSR gave a great support to the legitimate regime. Precisely, the Soviet aeronautical means allowed the emerging loyal army to resist at Madrid. Subsequently, these planes gave enough aerial capacity to the republicans to be capable to perform offensives as they did in Brunete or Saragossa.

aviation, USSR, republicans, military supplies, Spanish Civil War

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