This range is designed to cover the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War.
Some WW2 items such as the Italians and French resistance can be
used with this range. Our Bayonet and Ideology rules give a great
game in this period (see rules page). As in most civil wars most
troops will do for either side.
Some notes for guidance
upon the SCW
The two sides in the
SCW are known as the Nationalists and the Republicans.
The Republicans are the legal government of Spain, with a
capital in Madrid. The Republican cause incorporates
anarchists, communists and separatists, along with
government forces. The Nationalists are more right wing than
the Republicans and include monarchists, fascists and
||These are irregular troops. They are at their best in
the cities and in defences. The Republicans army included
large numbers of militias including POUM, CNT, FAI and other
anarchist and communist groupings. these troops would
often be very brave indeed. They tended to lack good
military training and heavy equipment. The Nationalist's
main militia would be the Falangists. Militia might be
uniformed or in more civilian dress.
||Italy supported the Nationalists with tanks, regular
troops and aircraft. The CTV were officially termed
volunteers so that Mussolini could claim that they were
merely highly motivated volunteers rather than Italian
governmental interference. the Italian performance was
||The Carlists supported the Nationalist cause. Their
chief aim was the restoration of the monarchy. The Carlist
infantry were known as requettes. They were considered
excellent troops and could be found in large numbers within
the Nationalist army.
||These troops are usually considered as good quality with
good levels of equipment.
||Moors=Moroccan =Rif= regulares. These troops are from
Morocco. They fought for the Nationalists cause
under the title "Army of Africa". these units formed the
backbone of the initial Nationalist invasion of Spain.
The Moors were superb infantry and feared for their cruelty.
Their higher officers would usually be Spanish.
||These troops fought exclusively for the Nationalists.
They were tough, experienced and well equipped. They
would probably be the best soldiers in the war.
||These units were each formed from a different nation or
group of nations. Thus there was an American brigade,
British brigade and French brigade to name a few. The German
Thelman brigade was particularly brave and tough. Their
equipment was usually good as was their fighting record.
They tended to be used in very bloody situations and hence
suffered a lot in battle. International brigade troops
tended to be uniformed to the extent that each brigade would
have preferred headgear.
||These are the government army. Their uniforms often got
as scruffy as the militias but were none the less regular
soldiers, even if conscripted.
||These were the para-military police of the cities.
They tended to be on the Republican side but could often be
found on the nationalist side if their town initially went
with the nationalist. They could be excellent troops
or a mistrusted force in the heart of Republican areas.
Their uniform evolved fro traditional jacket and trousers to
one piece overalls in order to identify more with the
militias they were fighting alongside.
||There were only a few cavalry actions (charges) in
the civil war but they did happen. cavalry took part
in a lot of reconnaissance actions.
||These are the traditional and hated police force. They
would often be serving in country towns. They started out
with a very distinctive bull fighter hat. They were usually
allied with Nationalist forces.
||Anti Tank guns use German Range 8 pack 35. Field
guns use WW1 Peter Pug guns, especially French 75mm.
||The Republicans had access to a lot of T26 tanks.
SEE Peter Pig WW2 RUSSIAN range 8
The Nationalists did capture some of these too.
Italian CV33 tankette and flamethrower. SEE Peter Pig
Italian Range 8.
French FT17 light tanks. SEE Peter Pig French
||Isobelina. Used by almost all troops in the war.
Foreign legion never wore helmets. Not used by Moorish
Beret. Carlists had a special large red beret. Normal
beret worn by many Republican troops including international
Adrian Helmet. Based on the French pattern. popular with
Spanish helmet. Used by both sides including international
Pasamontana. Woolly biscuit tin type hat with a small peak.
popular with republican and international brigade troops.
Peaked cap. popular with assault guards and Republican
||The mauser rifle was widely used, it being the pre-war
Spanish rifle. Versions of the Russian Moisin Nagant
rifle (with and without bayonet) were widely used by
||Many infantry formations carried flags. This was to
allow friendly planes and artillery to see which side they
were on. It was common for units of infantry to be shot at
by their own aircraft and artillery.
||Used by both sides.