“… a major success of the air force“ The destruction of Guernica on April 26 1937
Past and presence of a German war crime.
On April 26 1937 during the Spanish civil war the Basque town Guernica was almost completely destroyed by the Legion Condor of the German air force. This crime against the civilian population of this undefended town was followed by international outrage. Under the impression of this elimination Pablo Picasso created his probably most well-known painting „Guernica“. Until today this has turned Guernica into a Symbol for fascist terror and the horror of airborne war. Some of the perpetrators who supported the military coup against the elected republican government in Spain had been trained at the air bases of Langenhagen, Wunstorf, and Delmenhorst. About 70 percent of Legion Condor’s bomber and intelligence units were from Wunstorf. In this feature the history and military consequences of the destruction of Guernica are reconstructed. It is also about the longtime cover-up of a war crime by Germany.