Why did the Nazis make no attempt to invade Spain Portugal Sweden and Switzerland?
The Spanish government was a fellow Fascist regime which had
come to power thanks to German aid during the Spanish Civil War of
the 1930s. Franco decided not to come into the war on Germany's
side but remained a friendly neutral. Portugal was of no strategic
importance and besides, Spain lay between it and German controlled
territory. The Swedes were nordics against whom Hitler had no
racial emnity, control of their territory was not strategicaly
important (unlike Norway) and, as a neutral, they provided a buffer
between German and Soviet forces in Scandinavia. The Swiss were
also a Germanic people whose neutrality made it difficult for an
allied thrust up the Italian peninsula to reach Germany, beside
which they could be expected to fight very hard and their
mojntainous territory would be difficult indeed to attack. Michael
They didn't make any attempts to invade Sweden, but they had
planned to do so.
The reason why they didn't attack is simple, they needed their
Spain had just gone through a bloody Civil War that lasted three
years. The Spanish army was combat experienced, Spain was a
military state still, and Franco had re-enforced the Spanish French
border. The Pyrenees mountains also acted as a natural defense.
Franco also supplied Hitler with Iron and Steel and to some extent
troops. Mainly some 40,000 volunteers know as the Spanish Blue
Division, who fought on the Eastern front up until 1942.