Naval Aspects of the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
256 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 40 images plus 5–6 maps
- May 2024
The naval element of the Spanish Civil War began with a rebellion followed by a mutiny and a massacre. Both the German and Italian navies became involved in the naval war, attacking Spanish ships and then British warships and merchantmen. A blockade in the north led to confrontations between the Royal Navy and Nationalist Navy, the mining of a British liner and tales of daring among determined British master mariners. Later in the war there were attacks by Italian surface warships, submarines, and aircraft against foreign shipping in the Mediterranean and Aegean leading to the British and French threatening pirate submarines.
This is a story of exploitation, heroism, chauvinism, piracy, international inaction, and espionage which has never been told. It includes details of such things as the first aerial campaign against shipping and the first operational use of sonar against a submarine.
2. The War Widens, September 1936–July 1937
3. The Northern Blockade, September 1936–October 1937
4. They Called it Piracy, August 1937–March 1938
5. The Last Acts, April 1938–April 1939