Spanish volunteers 1941-1945

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Spanish Blue Division

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Postby Peter H » 23 Mar 2003 06:21

On the Leningrad Front:
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Postby Peter H » 23 Mar 2003 06:23

Any other Azul pictures would be most appreciated.
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Blue Division postcards

Postby Óscar G » 25 Mar 2003 23:53

Here you have two postcards I got last week. They are packed in the envelop below, with a double text (spanish and german) saying: 12 Aufnahmen einer deutschen Propaganda-Kompanie", 12 photos taken by a german propaganda company. There appears a code on the reverse: 238 VI XX 5012 III/0005. The General Muñoz Grandes commander of the Division during 1941/1942 (General Muñoz Grandes, der tapfere und erfolgreiche Kommandeur der Spanischen-Division in den Jahren 1941 und 1942), and a shot showing the spanish pioneers (Pioniere der Spanischen Division).
Hope you enjoy them. More to come. Óscar
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Postby Óscar G » 25 Mar 2003 23:58

The envelope. Regards. Óscar :wink:
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Postby Óscar G » 28 Mar 2003 00:06

This one comes from the same serie. "Uno de los más valientes. Der Tapfersten Einer" (One of the bravest soldiers). Do you happen to know wich is the name of the badge appearing with the EK? :) Try it!
Regards. Óscar
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Postby Andy H » 28 Mar 2003 00:54

Is it the 1936-39 Campaign Medal?

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Postby Peter H » 28 Mar 2003 11:34

Oscar,
Great pics.

What happened to General Muñoz Grandes post Russian front?

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Postby Óscar G » 28 Mar 2003 14:23

Andy, it´s the "Medalla Militar Individual" (individual military badge). This one and the "Laureada de San Fernando" are the most important spanish badges.
Muñoz Grandes was an important element in the Franco´s government ("régimen"). After the Russian experience, he became commander of the 1st Military Region; in the 60s, Defence Minister and, finally, Deputy Prime Minister. He died on 11 July 1970.
He was supposed to be too "dangerous" for Franco´s interests (during the last "chapter" of the war) because of his affinity for Germany. In fact, he knew them very well, and was tactical adviser with Canaris. Furthermore, he was awarded with the RK... This shows Muñoz´s good relationship and approval in Germany (the one that Esteban Infantes didn´t get).
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Postby Óscar G » 28 Mar 2003 21:30

Compañeros de armas ayer y hoy. Waffengefährten --- gestern und heute. Another postcard showing a german awarded with the Spanish Cross and a divisionary.
Óscar
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Postby Andy H » 29 Mar 2003 15:35

Thanks Oscar, great pics

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Postby Óscar G » 30 Mar 2003 00:24

Two more pics. "Escribiendo a la familia. Der Brief nach Hause" (letter for home) and "En escucha frente al enemigo. Auf Wacht am Feind" (listening in front the enemy).
Regards. Óscar
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Good pictures

Postby weiwensg » 31 Mar 2003 11:11

Very nice pictures, I must say.

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Postby Óscar G » 31 Mar 2003 23:28

Thanks, Weiwensg. And... More photos... :)
"De centinela en un pueblo ruso. Auf Posten im russischen Dorf" (Sentry in a Russian village) and "En la zona de combate y en lugares históricos. Im Kampfgebiet an historischer Stätte" (At the fighting area and close to historic places).
All the best. Óscar
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Postby Renech » 02 Apr 2003 19:59

Hi,
The German and Spanish propaganda departments issued about four different Blue Division post card sets. These cards are also listed in different colors from light blue to yellow brown color.

I have one duplicate Spanish Blue Division set with sleeve for sale if anybody is interested. Unfortunately is missing one card of 12 card sets still rare set of cards to get.

Rene Chavez
Renech2@yahoo.com

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