Hitler’s Spanish Division

The Spanish volunteers fighting alongside the Germans on the Eastern Front have received very little attention from English language histories. This new book provides a concise history of their participation, with a text supported by lavish illustration. – Very Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Hitler's Spanish Division
FILE: R3120
AUTHOR: Pablo Sagarra, Oscar Gonzalez, Lucas Molina, illustrator Romiro Bueiro
PUBLISHER: frontline books, Pen & Sword 
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £19.99                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Blue Division, 
Spanish volunteers, Operation Barbarossa, Eastern Front, Wehrmacht, Franco,Espana, 
Azul Division, 25th Infantry Division, Falangist Party

ISBN: 1-47387-887-X

PAGES: 116
IMAGE: B3120.jpg
BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/t3zt5ag
DESCRIPTION: The Spanish volunteers fighting alongside the Germans on the 
Eastern Front have received very little attention from English language histories. This 
new book provides a concise history of their participation, with a text supported 
by lavish illustration. – Very Highly Recommended.

The Nationalists owed so much to Hitler for supporting them against the Republicans 
during the Spanish Civil War. When WWII stated, Hitler expected Spain to join the 
Axis forces but Franco played a very careful game to avoid upsetting Hitler, to the 
point where he might roll through France and into Spain, while avoiding any official 
Spanish involvement in the war. There has been some debate as to his motives. He 
may have seen the war as a mistake and wished to protect Spain from ending as one 
of the vanquished, or he may have simply wanted to ensure that his grip on domestic 
politics and recovery from a vicious civil war were not distracted by direct 
involvement in a major global conflict. Instead of joining as an ally, Franco provided 
some support for German intelligence services operating in Spain and modest 
clandestine refuelling facilities for German U-boats.

Hitler must have been very pleasantly surprised when the Spanish Foreign Minister 
contacted him in June1941, as the Germans invaded the Soviet Union, to ask if Hitler 
would welcome a force of Spanish volunteers to fight for him against the Soviets. 
There is some evidence that Hitler thought this was a prelude to a formal alliance and 
the supply of a large Spanish force of ground troops and airmen. He was to be 
disappointed and it is entirely possible that Franco was hedging his bets in the event 
of an eventual German victory. Having sent 'volunteers', the door was open for 
Franco to commit more, should the Germans be seen to be conclusively defeating the 
Soviets before turning once more on Britain and on America.

After initially naming the Spanish force as 250th Infantry Division of the Wehrmacht, 
it was referred to as the Azul Division. As a Spanish Division under the command of 
a fiercely anti-Soviet General Agustin Munoz-Grandes, it was to be treated as a 
valued ally. By the end of the war some 47,000 Spanish troops had been sent to the 
Eastern Front as volunteers. Roughly two thirds of the initial force were regular 
Spanish soldiers including every officer from and above the rank of captain. The 
remainder were civil war veterans and many were Falangist Party supporters. Of the 
47,000, almost half became casualties; dead, wounded, sick, or frostbite victims.

This highly illustrated book features many photographs and superb illustrations 
produced for the book by Romiro Bueiro.