Stalin’s plan to invade Spain

The war in Europe was at an end and the victors were deciding the fate of Germany and the war-torn nations of Europe.  The war in the Pacific had swung in the Allies favour and Stalin was told by Truman of a terrible new weapon which would bring the war against Japan to a sudden end.  But Stalin’s first order of business at the conference was for an Allied invasion of Spain.

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The Spanish Civil War had been a pre-cursor to the Second World War in Europe; the Nationalists – fascist militarist forces, the Falange, were  supported by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.  The now defeated, Republican left leaning forces had been supported by the Soviet Union.

And although Spain had maintained a status of non-belligerence, thousands of Spanish volunteers had fought against the Soviet Union on the Eastern Front.

The defeat of the Republicans and the Spanish Blue Division’s presence on the Eastern Front had enraged Stalin.  It was probably also unthinkable to him that after a devastating war against Fascism in Europe that the Allies would allow the continued presence of a right wing dictator in Western Europe.

Churchill and Truman vetoed the plan.  Their nations were war weary and victory had been celebrated against Germany.  Although the war against Japan continued, a further war in Europe was not something the people of Britain or the US would have supported.  An agreement to a trade embargo against Spain was agreed instead.

But what if the Allies had invaded?  French forces would have secured the Pyrenees,  allowing support and supplies through to anti-Franco forces.  Allied troops and equipment would have landed on the shallow beaches of the Spanish Mediterranean coast where Republican support had been greatest.  A re-ignition of the Spanish Civil War would have come t0 a swift conclusion; battle hardened Allied troops with the most modern assault weaponry, jet  fighters, and the enormous destructive power of strategic bombing would have brought the Falangist forces to their knees.

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If Soviet forces had been directly involved, Spain may have been split into Western and Eastern spheres of influence giving the Soviet Union access to warm water ports.  The cold war would have had a distinctly different Spanish effect.

 

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