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Germany's Military Strategy And Spain In World War II
Germany's Military Strategy And Spain In World War II Author:Charles B. Burdick In February 1945, Adolph Hitler gave his own analysis of one of the reasons for Germany's Defeat In World War II, Saying "...we ought to have attacked Gibraltar in the summer of 1940, immediately after the defeat of France." While no battles actually took place on the Iberian peninsula, German preparation in that area was elaborate and extensive... more ».
The book details the successive German plans for the Spanish campaigns, and the military and diplomatic problems that attended their preparation. The plans "Felix" and "Isabella" in 1940-41 were for a full-scale frontal assault on Gibraltar. By 1942, however, the demands of the Russian campaign and the preparations for the still-proposed invasion of England had spread available German forces so thinly that the German command was forced to scale down plans for Spain to a defensive concept. The continued reluctance of Francisco Franco to enter into a military alliance frustrated German plans, and by 1943 the final "Nurnberg" plans envisioned a last-ditch defense in the Pyrenees.
The research for this book was done almost entirely in primary sources-- official American, German, and British records, diaries and letters. The author also personally interviews Generals Halder, Blumentritt, Mikosch, Warlimont, and Admirals Donitz, Puttkamer, and Ruge, among others. he toured the Gibraltar area with the German general slated for command of the German armies in Spain, General Hubert Lanz.« less