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#321 Jeff


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 1404 PM

I would say that Franco had the benefit that Spain was not worth much as an active ally in the war, but keeping it neutral was in the interest of both sides - Axis and Allies.

Given all of the trouble caused by the Italian "help", smartest thing Hitler did was keep Spain neutral.

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 0247 AM

Not quite. It really came down to a question of how and to what extent Germany and Hitler would share the spoils of the desired victories. Germany acted without consulting supposed allies and rarely contributed to their effectiveness, withholding knowledge of radar for over a year from the Italian Navy for instance. It was not for nothing that most countries found disadvantage in being a German ally in WWII. Norman Rich, in his two volumes on Hitler's War Aims, established how virtually every German ally would have been reduced to vassal status in the end. For many, it came sooner. 

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