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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 Montagne


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 troops elsewhere.

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.

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