9781846034121

Blue Division Soldier 194145 Spanish Volunteer on the Eastern Front

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    9781846034121

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    1846034124

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-20
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
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Summary

The all-volunteer 'Blue Division' was a formation that allowed Franco's technically neutral Spain to support Nazi Germany's invasion of Russia. Following initial training in Germany, the Blue Division's units were sent to the Eastern Front in August 1941, where, after a 40-day march to the front, the Division fought in several major battles including Leningrad. In 1943, with the tide turning against the Axis forces in Russia, the Division was ordered to be withdrawn, yet many men chose to stay on and serve with the Volunteer Legion. Even after the collapse in the East, some volunteered to serve with Waffen-SS units through to the fall of Berlin in 1945. This book narrates the experiences of the common soldier, exploring his motivation for serving the Wehrmacht, and detailing his dramatic experiences in a brutal and hostile theater of World War II.

Author Biography

Carlos Caballero Jurado was born in Ciudad Real, Spain, in 1957. He served as an NCO in the Spanish Army's Division Brunete (1st Armoured Division); and later graduated with a BA in History from the University of Alicante. He has written and co-written four Osprey titles; he is also the author of fourteen other books and numerous articles on military historical subjects, and his work has been translated into English and German. A history teacher in Alicante, he enjoys travel in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and is a keen climber and skier. The author lives in Alicante, Spain.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
A Brief Chronologyp. 8
Recruitment and Organisation In Spain (1941-43)p. 11
Training In Germanyp. 19
Compositionp. 20
Generals and field officers
Junior officers
NCOs The volunteers: from university teachers to peasants
Tacticsp. 30
Life On The Eastern Frontp. 34
Mud and cold
Trench warfare
The relief battalions: 1942-43
Support services Medical services
Discipline
Motivation And Moralep. 45
Food
Religious services
Spanish and German propaganda
Mail
Awards and decorations
On Campaignp. 50
Relations with German soldiers
Relations with Russia's civilian population Prisoners and deserters
Aftermathp. 57
Repatriation
Veteran associations
The written legacy Collections, museums and re-enactment groups
Bibliographyp. 63
Indexp. 64
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