General der Kavallerie" Philipp Kleffel, review Wehrmacht Spanish soldiers from the "División Azul" (250th Spanish division). Philipp Kleffel was born on 9 december 1887, he died in october 1964. He was a German general during the World War 2, recipient of the Knight cross of the Iron cross, he was released in 1947 by the british troops. The Blue Division in Spanish: División Azul was a unit of Spanish volunteers that served in the German Army on the Eastern Front of the Second World War. Hitler approved the use of Spanish volunteers on June 24, 1941. On July 13, 1941, the first train left Madrid for Grafenwöhr, Bavaria for a further five weeks of training. There they became the Heer's 250th Infantry Division, and were initially divided into four infantry regiments, as in a standard Spanish division. To aid their integration into the German supply system, they soon adopted the standard Heer model of three regiments.General Agustín Muñoz Grandes was assigned to lead the volunteers.
Fifty percent of officers and NCOs were professional soldiers, including many veterans of the Spanish Civil War.
Hitler referred to the division as "equal to the best German ones”. coloured by Benoit Vienne
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