• Short Summary

    VETERANS OF THE SPANISH BLUE DIVISION GATHERED IN MADRID'S PASEO DE LA MORET ON SUNDAY (13 JULY) TO HONOUR THEIR COMRADES WHO DIED FIGHTING WITH GERMAN FORCES ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT TWENTY EIGHT YEARS AGO.

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    VETERANS OF THE SPANISH BLUE DIVISION GATHERED IN MADRID'S PASEO DE LA MORET ON SUNDAY (13 JULY) TO HONOUR THEIR COMRADES WHO DIED FIGHTING WITH GERMAN FORCES ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT TWENTY EIGHT YEARS AGO.

    THE BLUE DIVISION WAS FORMED DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR OF VOLUNTEERS FROM THE SPANISH FALANGIST PARTY. FORTY-SEVEN THOUSAND MEN, UNDER GENERAL MUNOZ GRANDES, JOINED FORCES WITH NAZI GERMAN TROOPS IN HITLER'S ATTACK ON RUSSIA IN 1941.

    GENERAL GRANDES SET UP THE DIVISION AFTER GENERAL FRANCO HAD REFUSED VIRTUALLY ALL AID TO GERMANY ON AN OFFICIAL BASIS. EVEN FOR VETERANS OF THE BITTER FIGHTING OF THE 1936-1039 SPANISH CIVIL WAR, WHICH MOST OF THE MEN WERE, CONDITIONS WERE EXTREMELY HARSH, AND MANY DID NOT RETURN.

    THOSE WHO DID, AND THE RELATIVES OF THOSE WHO DID NOT, WERE AT THE OPEN AIR MASS TODAY. TRAFFIC ON THE WIDE BOULEVARD WAS HELD BACK BY POLICEMEN, AS OLD MEN, CRIPPLED FROM THE WAR, AND OLD WOMEN AND WEEPING CHILDREN KNELT IN SILENT REMEMBRANCE. SOME CARRIED MEDALS, BEARING THE LEGEND: 'RUSSIA 1941'.

    AFTER THE MASS, THE CROWD RAISED THEIR ARMS IN THE FALANGIST SALUTE, AND SANG 'CARA AL SOL', AN OLD FALANGIST SONG. AMONG THEM WAS GENERAL GRANDES HIMSELF, RESPLENDENT IN MILITARY UNIFORM. UNTIL LAST YEAR HE WAS GENERAL FRANCO'S SECOND IN COMMAND. BUT SUNDAY, FOR HIM TOO, WAS A TIME TO REMEMBER FALLEN FRIENDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA78A21PUQGTCXX5LZ6N113A1UQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA78A21PUQGTCXX5LZ6N113A1UQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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