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terça-feira, 31 de março de 2015

1941 - The War That Never Was (II)

A "what-if" scenario

             Some pictures of Spanish Republican soldiers, somewhere near the Portuguese border. Late Autumn, 1941.

domingo, 29 de março de 2015

1941 - The War That Never Was

A "what-if" scenario
On April 1, 1939, the bloody Spanish Civil War finally ends, with the victory of the Republican faction. 
                                 Madrid - the crowd celebrates the end of the war.
Many of the defeated nationalists take refuge by the thousands in neighbouring Portugal - at the time ruled by Dr. Oliveira Salazar, whose authoritarian regime had given great help to General Franco, both with logistics and military personnel.

The "Viriatos" - Portuguese soldiers who fought under the Spanish Nationalist flag.

From his exile in South America, Franco orchestrates guerilla activity, based on Portuguese territory. Sympathizing with the nationalist cause, the Portuguese Government and authorities turn a blind eye to these activities. 
During 1940 the nationalist guerrillas launch several attacks deep into Spain, despite the repeated warnings and threatening tone of the Spanish Government. Large sections of the Army and society seek to reduce the political threat of a fascist neighbor, and are eager to settle the score for the help given to the enemies of the Republic. 
Salazar visits Spain in the Summer of 1940, apparently in an attempt to calm the waters.

                           Dr. Oliveira Salazar is coldly welcomed at the Sevilla Summit - June 1940

Pure propaganda move: support to the Nationalists increases and so does the tone of bellicist rhetoric on both sides of the border.  
Spain decrees the general mobilization and starts extensive military maneuvers near the Portuguese borders.

General Miaja reviews the troops - March 1941.
Portugal responds in the same way, speeding up the general mobilization.

  A Portuguese Infantry regiment on its way to the border - May, 1941.

Some never before released colour photographs of the Portuguese troops, manouvering somewhere in Northern Portugal:

On June 22, 1941, Germany attacks Russia, thus making England and the USSR unwilling allies.
Convinced that England would not intervene in the defense of her oldest European ally - which was nevertheless providing strategic materials and food to the Axis... - the Spanish Government closes the borders with Portugal, and withdraws its Embassador in Lisbon ...

domingo, 15 de março de 2015

"A minha arte é ser eu" - "My art is being me" - Fernando Pessoa

A minha arte é ser eu.
My art is being me.I am many.
 Eu sou muitos.

 Mas, com o ser muitos, sou muitos em fluidez e imprecisão.
 But with being many, many I am in fluidity and imprecision.

terça-feira, 3 de março de 2015

Take II

No time to paint...
I´ll just take some photos ....
... just for fun!
 These turned out less blurry, I guess.

domingo, 1 de março de 2015

13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion

The 13e DBLE was raised in February 1939 at Sidi Bel Abbes in Algeria, with its cadre drawn from 1e REI. The 13e DBLE fought during World War II for the Free French Forces including service at the Battle of Narvik.

 On 28 May 1940, the 13e DBLE moved on Narvik. The legionnaires crossed Rombaksfjorden and landed squarely in the middle of the German positions. German air attacks forced the supporting British ships to withdraw, leaving the 13e DBLE ashore without fire support. 

 The legionnaires engaged in the difficult task of clearing-out German machine gun nests located in railway tunnels and concealed terrain. Lieutenant-Colonel Magrin-Vernerey commanded from the front, patrolling his front-lines to point out German positions to his troops with his walking stick.

 During the next 10 days, the Allied troops pushed the Germans to within 10 miles (20 km) of the Swedish frontier. Then, with the collapse of the French and British armies in France it was decided to cancel the Narvik operation and withdraw.

The 13e DBLE evacuated Narvik on 7 June and was withdrawn to England. The unit had lost 7 officers, 5 NCOs, and 55 legionnaires during the campaign.
                                                                                                             Source: Wikipedia