But the German negotiation method was the repetition of their initial position and meeting the Spanish requirement as enter the war and we'll see. And this is typical of Nazi German foreign relations.Ironmachine wrote: ↑20 Sep 2019 07:22
The real problem is not that Germany did not attempt to negotiate but that that it was impossible for Germany to fulfill all the Spanish needs. As soon as Spain enters the war, its supply lines would be completely cut out. That means that Germany not only would have to completely (and I mean just that, completely) reequip the Spanish Army and the Air Force (and the Navy would just be left out, as there was nothing that could be done about it), which was beyond Germany's capacity, but also provide all the oil, most of the food (Spain was already having a famine problem), medicins, industrial tools, civilian transport (trucks, railways...), etc. if they want Spain to be able to just defend itself, something that Germany couldn't do.
It seems that people here is not aware of the painful state of the Spanish Armed Forces and the Spanish economy in 1939-1940, but Franco was. His list of military and economic demands was in no way disproportionate or ridiculous, it was, if anything, very conservative and reasonable. Franco may have been forced to enter the war if presented with an ultimatum by Hitler, but it is very difficult to believe that any kind of negotiation would have pushed him to war. Simply put, Germany had no way of satisfying Spanish needs and desires.
I think Germany could have meet Spanish requirements, though not without very substantial cost such the prudence/viability of the Spanish entry into war is pretty questionable. (may seem splitting hairs but the difference I think matters)
But anyway the Germans never did a cost benefit analysis they just planned on Spain entering the war completely on their terms, there was no attempt at negotiation. And Italian relations are much the same. The Nazis were just very very bad at being allies. Very bad at co-operation, Very bad at strategic planning. And to a large degree it's fundamental problems with fascism as an ideologically. Fascists do not believe in co-operation or alliances.