German involvement began days after fighting broke out in July 1936. Adolf Hitler quickly sent in powerful air and armored units to assist the Nationalists. The war provided combat experience with the latest technology for the German military. However, the intervention also posed the risk of escalating into a world war for which Hitler was not ready. He therefore limited his aid, and instead encouraged Benito Mussolini to send in large Italian units.
Francisco Franco en el palacio Yanduri (PuertaJerez) saluda a un nutrido grupo de mujeres de la organización fascista JONS (Juventudes Obreras Nacional Sindicalistas)
Adolf Hitler shaking hands with Spanish leader Franco during their only official meeting. October,1940.
Stukas from the Legion Condor, another German involvement in the Spanish Civil War.
The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, "dive bomber") was a two-man (pilot and rear gunner) German dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, the Stuka first flew in 1935 and made its combat debut in 1936 as part of the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.