Combat over Spain (Signed copy)
Signed by Nationalist pilot Captain Larios, Duke of Lerma, his memoirs of the Spanish Civil War
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14cm, 314pp.
Signed and dedicated by the author (as Lerma) to the half-title page
From the dustwrapper, "The author was a bomber and fighter pilot for Franco from the beginning to the end of the Spanish Civil War. with 'the absolute conviction that we were fighting to prevent the total destruction of our Catholic faith and national traditions." In his Fiat fighter high over the land he loved, he was involved in nearly every major battle of the bloody war, chalking up 278 missions, with six confirmed and five probable kills. He saw death strike countless friends, and he suffered while his own sisters were imprisoned. His autobiography of the war years is immensely readable, full of stories of hair-raising combat in the air, and is lightened by grace and humour. He tells the whole story from the siege of the Alcazar of Toledo to the bitter battle of the Ebro, where the casualties of the 13th Nationalist Division alone included 76 per cent of the officers and 60 per cent of the men. Combat over Spain is one of the few first-hand accounts of the Civil War, and is the only one published in England to be written from the Nationalist point of view.
The book is in very good condition, with clean pages and secure binding. The dustwrapper is a little chipped to the edges but has not been price-clipped.