SPANISH VOLUNTEERS ON THE EASTERN FRONT
“THEIR MOTTO WAS ‘NO POSSIBLE RELIEF, UNTIL EXTINCTION’”
fascist dictator franco, previously aided by nazi Germany in its spanish civil War victory, reciprocated by sending ‘anti-communist’ volunteer troops of the ‘Blue division’. the division fought at leningrad, repulsing a soviet counterattack seven times its number. Held in high praise by Hitler, their motto was ‘no possible relief, until extinction’. the siege of leningrad would last 900 days. German casualties totalled nearly 600,000. russian casualties were nearly 3.5 million, including 1 million civilian deaths.