Hitler's Spanish Division

Pablo Sagarra, Óscar González, Lucas Molina

Date Published :
April 2020
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Illustration :
Illustrated throughout in color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473878877
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


"This is a beautifully illustrated book of 115 pages… a nice addition to the library of any World War II buff." — Toy Soldier Collector & Historical Figures

On 22 June 1941, Hitler’s armies launched Operation Barbarossa and swept in to the Soviet Union. On the same day, the Spanish Foreign Minister, Ramon Serrano Suner, contacted the German embassy in Madrid with an extraordinary proposal – would the German government welcome the addition of a force of Spanish volunteers in the war against the Russians?

Officially designed by the Wehrmacht as the 250th Infantry Division, but commonly referred to as the Azul or Blue Division after the color of Spain’s Falangist (Fascist) Party, this force initially amounted to some 18,000 volunteers under the command of the fiercely anti-communist General Agustin Munoz-Grandes. Of the first 18,694 men who entrained for Germany during July 1941, seventy percent, including every officer from captain on up, were from the regular army, whilst most of the rest were Spanish Civil War veterans.

By the time that the Blue Division returned home, 47,000 Spaniards had been involved in fighting on the Russian front. There were 22,000 casualties: 4,500 dead, 8,000 wounded, 7,800 sick and 1,600 suffering from frostbite. As the authors reveal, Spaniards also volunteered or served in other units or organization.

This highly illustrated book examines the history, personalities, and uniforms and equipment of those men and women who volunteered to serve alongside Hitler’s armies. Along with full color drawings, there are many rare photographs provided by survivors.

About The Author

Óscar González López was born in 1969 and is a professor of History and Philosophy. He alternates teaching with historical research, collecting the oral memory of Second World War veterans. He has published several books and articles on German and Allied paratroopers, as well as on Spanish volunteers in the Wehrmacht (Blue Division). Several of his works have been translated into English, German and Norwegian.


"This is a beautifully illustrated book of 115 pages. It is chock-full of period photographs of individuals, group shots, equipment, documents, medals and decorations...a nice addition to the library of any World War II buff."

- Toy Soldier Collector & Historical Figures

"...the illustrations and pictures are excellent."

- The UK Historian

"The authors and the illustrator give us a small gem that introduces us to the history of a Division that has made itself known on the Eastern Front."

- Old Barbed Wire Blog

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