Arms shipments across the French border 1938

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Arms shipments across the French border 1938

Postby Spearfish » 30 Dec 2017 16:52

Between March and July 1938 the French government permitted arms to be sent across its border into Republican Spain.
Does anyone have any details of these shipments in terms of both aircraft and weapons such as armour, artillery and small arms.
I suspect the last 31 SB bombers and I-16 fighters sent to the Republic came this way but I have also seen reports of about eight R-Z.

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Re: Arms shipments across the French border 1938

Postby Ironmachine » 31 Dec 2017 09:17

You are right with respect to the SB bombers and I-16 fighters, the last (not really the last sent, but the last received in Spain) 31 SB bombers and 121 "Moscas" were sent by ship to France and came into Spain through the border. The shipments' details were:
Ship Gravelines, reached France on 13 March 1938, 5 SB bombers.
Bougaroni, 2 April 1938, 31 I-16.
Winnipeg, 6 April 1938, 16 SB.
Bonifacio, 17 April 1938, 10 SB.
Ain el Turk, 17 June 1938, 25 I-16.
Winnipeg and Bougaroni, date unknown, 65 I-16 between both ships.
(Source: Importación de Armas en la Guerra Civil Española, by L. Molina and R. Permuy)
But in the case of the R-Z bombers, it seems to be clear that there were only two batches sent to Spain, 31 in February 1937 and 31 in May 1937.

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Re: Arms shipments across the French border 1938

Postby Spearfish » 31 Dec 2017 11:28

Many thanks Ironmachine.
I know that a consignment of Grumman GE-23 were also sent and probably some non-combatant aircraft.
If I am unable to access a copy of Molina and Permuy's book does it list the army weapons i.e tanks, artillery and small arms which also crossed the border in this period?

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Re: Arms shipments across the French border 1938

Postby Ironmachine » 01 Jan 2018 10:18

Yes, 34 GE-23 "Delfín" arrived in April 1938 through the French border. And yes, there were other planes that were sent across the border in that period, both combat (for example, Letov S-231 and 331 fighters and Aero A-101 bombers) and non-combat planes of many different models, but in general just a few of each model (in many cases, just one plane).
As for small arms, I don't have such detailed information.
Regarding tanks, IIRC all of them arrived directly in Spain (i.e., not going through France), with the last batch arriving in March 1938.
For artillery the book includes total numbers of pieces received by model, but IIRC for a longer period (from the end of 1937 to the beginning of 1939) and without making any distinction between those who arrived directly in Spain and those that went across the French border.

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Re: Arms shipments across the French border 1938

Postby Spearfish » 01 Jan 2018 10:57

Ironmachine
Again my most sincere thanks.
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