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Why did Germany get involved in the Spanish civil war?

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08/09/2013

Because the Second Republic was a threat to fascism. If Spain was ruled by a fascist dictator, the Third Reich would take advantage of Spain's strategic position.

Additionally, despite his eventual deals with the Soviet Union, Hitler did not trust the Leftists in Spain and wanted to keep Spain out of Communist hands.