Blue Division Soldier 1941–45

Spanish Volunteer on the Eastern Front

Blue Division Soldier 1941–45 cover

Blue Division Soldier 1941–45

Spanish Volunteer on the Eastern Front

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Osprey's survey of the Blue Division soldiers of World War II (1939-1945). 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 In 1943, with the tide turning against the Axis forces in Russia, the Division was ordered to be withdrawn, yet many men chose to stay on and serve with the Volunteer Legion.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.

Table of 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

Product details

Published Oct 20 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846034121
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 142
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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