The Spanish Civil War 1936–39 (1)
Nationalist Forces
MAA 495

Author: Alejandro de Quesada

Illustrator: Stephen Walsh

This 48 page paperback book is number 495 in the Men-at-Arms Series of books available from Osprey Publishing.

The Spanish Civil War, 1936–39, was the curtain raiser to World War II, and the major international event of the 1930s. It was the first great clash of 20th century ideologies, between the rebel Nationalist army led by General Franco (right-wing, and aided by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy), and the Republican army of the government (left-wing, and aided by the Communist Soviet Union and many volunteers from liberal democracies).

Three years of widespread campaigns involved the most modern weapons available. The war was fought ruthlessly by both sides, and when the Nationalists secured victory they installed a dictatorship that lasted until November 1975. This was the last such regime in Western Europe. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork, this first part of a two-part study depicts the fighting men of the Nationalist forces that strove to take control of Spain alongside their German and Italian allies.


  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Background to Rebellion
  • The National Army
  • Colonial Troops
  • Foreign Volunteers
  • The Air Force
  • The Navy
  • Security Forces
  • Small Arms
  • Aftermath
  • Further Reading
  • Plate commentaries
  • Index

The Men-at-Arms books are excellent references for the Wargamer and Figure Painter. The book is loaded with B&W photographs and color drawings. Readers will enjoy this first look at the Nationalist Forces from 1936 to 1939.

This book is available from Osprey Publications.

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