Spaniards in German Service in Slovenia During the Second World War Cover Image

Španci v nemški službi na Slovenskem med drugo svetovno vojno
Spaniards in German Service in Slovenia During the Second World War

Author(s): Klemen Kocjančić
Subject(s): Military history, International relations/trade, Military policy, Fascism, Nazism and WW II, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino
Keywords: Wehrmacht; Waffen-SS; second world war; Karstjäger; foreign volunteer units;

Summary/Abstract: On Slovenian territory during the Second World War were active different units of foreigners, which fought on the side of the German occupying force; among them were also two different units of Spanish volunteers. First unit, a half-battalion, was garrisoned in Lower Styria, specifically in Zasavje area, where it provided security for coal mines and railway. Second unit, of company strength, was integral part of brigade, then division of so called Karst hunters, based in Slovene Littoral, which was actively participating in counterinsurgency against Italian and Slovene partisans. Using critical analysis and interpretation of wartime sources and post-war literature article is presenting activity of Spanish volunteers in German service in Slovenia. Because of the size of both units Spaniards didn't significantly impact the progress of the Second World War in Slovenia, but are still part of Slovenian military and war history.

  • Issue Year: 56/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 7-21
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Slovenian