As long as you led from the front
where they [the Moroccans] could clearly see you upright,
they would follow.
Alferez Juan Crespo.
My initial interest in the Spanish Civil War was La Marcha, i.e. the drive on Madrid in Sep 1936, so I decided to collect one of the Columns of the Army of Africa to field in Crossfire. I can’t remember why but I latched onto Lt. Col. Carlos Asensio Cabanillas and his Column Asensio. According to Scurr (1985) this force contained:
- Column Headquarters
- 1 recon Assault Guard armoured car
- 2nd Tabor of Regulares of Tetuán
- 4th Bandera, Spanish Foreign Legion
- 1 battery of 70L19 mountain guns (Turnball, 1978, says ½ a battery of field guns)
- 1 Sapper Company
My Moroccan figures are all from Peter Pig Range 13: Spanish Civil War. In fact they are the older style of Moroccans, for example, the HMG teams have turbans rather than just Fez. I quite like the figures, but unfortunately there are only three variants for the riflemen.
I flocked them using Sand and Dry Brushing. Some of the photos are prior to gluing on the static grass. For a long time I debated whether to have any grass for the Army of Africa as I wanted to use the same figures for the Rif War. Then I realised the Rif is actually arid but green.
Bases are metric versions of the standard Base Sizes and Number of Figures in Crossfire. so 30mm x 30mm for a rifle squad.
Order of Battle
Order of Battle for the full Tabor:
- 1 x BC (Tabor Commander) (+2)
- 1 x Machinegun Platoon: 1 x HMG
- 2 x Infantry Company
- 1 x CC (+2)
- 3 x Rifle Platoons: 1 x PC (+1); 4 x Rifle Squads
- Morale:Regular in towns otherwise Veteran
- Command & Control:Adventurous / Dependent
- Reckless: Yes
I don’t believe the Moroccan infantry had the full complement of light machine guns so don’t give them a bonus LMG stand.
I made my own Spanish Civil War Flags based on examples in Turnball (1978) and Bueno (1971).
Bueno, J. M. (1971). Uniformes Militares en color de la Guerra Civil Española. Madrid: Libreria Editorial San Martin.
Scurr, J. (1985). The Spanish Foreign Legion. Osprey.
Turnball, P. (1978). The Spanish Civil War 1936-39. Osprey.