Category: Spain in WW2

Most people don’t realise that although officially neutral Spain had an active part in World War II in the form of the Blue Division, otherwise known as the Spanish Volunteer Division, Division Azul, or by its official German title of the 250th Infantry Division of the Wehrmacht. The Blue Division fought for the Axis on the Eastern Front. Individual Spaniards were also involved on both sides during WWII, often in quite large numbers. In a few cases these individuals were collected into units.


Crossfire 2 Foot Participation Games at SELWG

2x2 Scenario brochure page 2 The Woods

Last year Dick Bryant published Six Small 2′x2′ Crossfire Scenarios. I’ve played four of them and really like them. Each offers a good tactical challenge but is fast to play taking no more than one hour. Dick intended them as a way to introduce novices to Crossfire. I think they work well for this and hence they are a good option for taking to a show as a participation game(s). So at SELWG 2013 I’m going to give it a go.

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Spanish Blue Division in Megablitz

A Megablitz order of battle Blue Division. Officially the 250th Infantry Division of the Wehrmacht and comprising Spanish Volunteers, this unit was also know as the Spanish Volunteer Division, Division Azul, or the Blue Division.

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Spaniards in British Service During WW2

Some Spaniards were in British service during WW2.

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Spanish Blue Division in Flames of War

Flames of War are the company level WWII rules being written by Battle Front Miniatures . Here are my suggestions for using the Spanish Blue Division under Flames of War.

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Volkhov Bridgehead – A Crossfire Battle Report

Rich Wilcox and I played out my Volkhov Bridgehead / Posicin Navarro scenario the other day. As Rich took some photos, I thought I’d write up a battle report. This is one of my Blue Division scenarios, so features the 250th (Spanish Volunteer) Division on the Eastern Front.

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Volkhov Bridgehead – A Crossfire Scenario featuring the Blue Division

A Crossfire scenario with II/269 battalion of the Spanish Blue Division attempting to establish a bridgehead across the Volkhov River and hold it against Soviet counter-attacks. See also my Battle Report.

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The ‘Old Chapel’ – A Crossfire Scenario featuring the Blue Division

A Crossfire scenario with two companies of the 1/269 battalion (Spanish Blue Division) attacking a Russian battalion at the ‘Old Chapel’ near the Vokhov River.

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Sitno – A Crossfire Scenario featuring the Blue Division

A Crossfire scenario with II/269 battalion of the Spanish Blue Division defending the village of Sitno north of the Volkhov against massed Soviet assaults.

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Spaniards in French Service During WW2

A lot of Spaniards fought in French Service in WW2. Both as complete units and as individuals. On the outbreak of WWII the French recruited heavily from Republican refugees of the recently ended Spanish Civil War. The choice for these men was remain in French internment camps or join the French army. During the course of the war these Republicans fought in most theatres, for example at Narvik, in the raid on Brest, with the Long Range Desert Group, Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division, the British SAS, and the French resistance. Spanish fought with the Free French Troops and in the

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Krasny Bor Campaign: Phase 2 – Consolidate gains

Phase 2 of the Krasny Bor Campaign starts at the same time as Phase 1 ends, i.e. the same time on the moving clock, and ends at 13.00 hours. Fields and orchards are out-of-season. Any 3+ sector building is a building complex in crossfire terms, e.g. Paper Factory, Hospital and Spanish HQ.

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Krasny Bor Campaign: Phase 1 – Break the line

Phase 1 of the Krasny Bor Campaign starts at 08.00. Phase 1 ends on a table as soon as one of these conditions occurs:

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Krasny Bor Campaign – A Crossfire Campaign featuring the Blue Division

In mid-2003 the guys at the Shed asked me to set up a scenario for a weekend bash. The parameters they outlined were: WW2, Crossfire, 8-9 players (optional umpire), 4 tables, 2 real days of gaming, and BIG. Krasny Bor appealed to me for a number of reasons:

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“Black Wednesday”: The Blue Division at the Battle of Krasny Bor

The Battle of Krasny Bor was the climax of the Blue Division’s time on the Eastern Front during WW2. Four Soviet rifle divisions, supported by tanks and guns, smashed into the equivalent of five Spanish battalions. the Spanish took a mauling but were only pushed a few kilometres back from their starting positions before the line was stabilised.

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Steven’s Blue Division Battalion

The Spanish Blue Division is what got me into WW2. Officially the 250th Infantry Division of the Wehrmacht and comprising Spanish Volunteers, this unit was also know as the Spanish Volunteer Division, Division Azul, or the Blue Division. They are Spanish, of course, but I use them as Germans when needed.

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WW2 Painting Guide: Early-Mid War Spanish and Germans

My WW2 Axis figures are early-mid War Germans but actually represent the Spanish Blue Division. To be honest the only distinguishing feature is the Spanish flag patch on their right shoulder; otherwise wore standard German uniforms. This is one of my WW2 Painting Guides

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