SPAIN: Wages of Appeasement

The little fat man with the red sash read the dispatches and concluded that he had led Spain far enough along the twisting road from pro-Axis nonbelligerency to neutral unneutrality. Francisco Franco felt that now he could relax a little.

From faraway Moscow had come blunt talk about the legerdemain with the Blue Division. The Reds, Franco saw, were onto the trick which had dissolved Spain's proud contribution to the anti-Bolshevik war—by reclothing some 1,500 men as members of a new Spanish Legion in the Wehrmacht. Other blasts from Moscow spoke of oil and bread and strategic materials which Russia...

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