Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Battle anniversary -- Krasni Bor, 1943

Today and tomorrow mark the 67th anniversary of the Battle of Krasni Bor, immortalized in wargaming by the Tactical Combat Series Game "Black Wednesday."

The battle is notable for the participation of the Spanish "Blue Division" comprised of Spanish fascist volunteers fighting against the Soviet Union. Spanish rightist enthusiasm for the fighting is probably best understood in the context of the recently concluded Spanish Civil War, where the Russians had provided strong support for the Republican side.

Still, it's more than a little surprising that Franco allowed such overt participation in the Axis war effort -- and that Spain paid little price for it.

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