Blue Division Soldier 1941–45

Blue Division Soldier 1941–45

Spanish Volunteer on the Eastern Front

Warrior 142
  • Author: Carlos Caballero Jurado
  • Illustrator: Ramiro Bujeiro
  • Short code: WAR 142
  • Publication Date: 10 Oct 2009
  • Number of Pages: 64
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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 actions 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 In 1943, with the tide turning against the Axis forces in Russia, the Division was ordered to be withdrawn, yet many men chose to stay on and serve with the Volunteer Legion.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 theatre of World War II.

Biographical Note

CARLOS CABALLERO JURADO was born in Ciudad Real, Spain, in 1957. A history teacher in Alicante, Carlos has written and co-written seven Osprey titles for the Men-at-Arms and Elite series. He is also the author of six books and numerous articles published in Spanish about the Blue Division and the Blue Squadron. Carlos belongs to the Spanish Army Volunteer Reserve, as a 2nd Lieutenant. RAMIRO BUJEIRO has become a frequent and popular contributor to Osprey Military's book series since illustrating Warrior 23, US Marine in Vietnam (1998). He is an experienced commercial artist who lives and works in his native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His professional background includes many commissions as a figure illustrator and strip cartoonist for clients all over Europe and the Americas, including many years' work for IPC Magazines in Great Britain.

Contents

Introduction Chronology Recruitment
Enlistment Training Appearance Equipment Conditions of Service On Campaign Belief and Belonging Experience of Battle After the Battle Collecting
Museums
Re-enactment Bibliography Glossary Index

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