A group of five Division Azul artillerymen posing together in a bench, they are part of the 250 Artillery Regiment. They are showing over the collar their falange blue shirts , so they are also of falangist background. In the back we can read : " To my Parents, even though i am very far away I love you more than ever. Germany 23-VII-1941", considering the date, they are part of the first wave of volunteers that arrived to Grafenwöhr Boot Camp on the 17th July, just 6 days before.
Portrait of a highly decorated Veterinary lt colonel, veteran of both the Rif War and the Civil War, in occupied Tangiers (northern morocco, was an international Zone but when France surrendered to Germany, Spain annexed it from 1940 to 1945). We can read :" To my beloved friends Felix, Pepa and their children I sent this picture with love. Tomás". Taken at Tangiers circa 1941 at the Blanco Photograpic Studio.
Portrait of a Rif war veteran that became a clerk in the Auxilary Military Office and his wife. He is decorated with a special commemorative medal for the descendants of the Defenders of the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo (1810), a 1910 Africa Campaign and a Military Merit Cross in red distictive (war actions). Taken in Madrid circa 1922.
Photo of the wedding of a lieutenant of the Guardia Civil, decorated with the military merit cross in a red badge (war actions), with a young woman, probably the daughter of a military officer assigned to morocco. In the back we can read: "To our beloved (political) Sister Eulalia yours Paco and Luisa". Taken in 11/3/17 in Ceuta (Spanish Morocco) by J. Calatayud.
Very rare CDV. A Chasseurs Lieutenant Colonel with two 1st class Laureada Crosses (Highest medal in the Spanish Military) and other decorations, probably granted during the 2nd Carlist War (1846-1849) or The African War/1st Moroccan War (1859-1860) . Taken by Royal Photographer Moliné in Barcelona, circa 1861.
Portrait of a german legioneer called Ernst Röhler. In the Back we can read:"To my dear great grandmother Our loved boys this picture as loving pentecost greet 1925. Dedicated in steady, loyal and thankful memory. much love, your nephew Ernst Röhler Melilla, the 31st may 1925". Taken in Melilla in 31st may 1925.
Portrait of a División Azul volunteer called Alejandro Ángel Juan Marcos taken before leaving Madrid in 1942. We can read in the back " Souvenir from Alejandro Juan Marcos, missing in action in Russia in 10th February 1943". He served in the served 7th Company II Battalion of the 262 Infantry Regiment "Pimentel". He died on 10th February 1943 at the battle of Krassny Bor, near the swamps of this village, being considered missing at around 8:00-12:00, three days after the village was recaptured and his body was found. As a result of this battle 3127 spanish were killed, 1035 wounded and 300 captured and the soviet had more than 20,000 casualties. Operation Polar Star ended up in failure for the Soviet Army. Krassny Bor is considered the biggest battle that involved spanish troops during the Second World War.
Chasseurs Captain José "Pepe" D. in service uniform with pellise posing in an orchard near Bilbao dedicated to his wife Ana Dolores Clavillas , who lived in Zaragoza. In the back we can see a stamp and a mail marck from Bilbao also we can read "I send to you a strong hug, your Pepe 14th September 1808 . To Mrs. Aº Dolores Clavillas, Zaragoza C/Heroísmo 1-2º". Bought from a direct descendent of the two.
Photo of Nino , a ground crew soldier of the Royal Italian Airforce ( of the non fascist and pro-allies Southern Kingdom) decorated with the Medaglia commemorativa del periodo bellico 1940-43with two years of service in the font, with his girlfriend Enrica. He dedicated it to her in the background: "Foggia 24/11/1944. I leave this of mine as a sign of affection, always remembering. Enrica and Nino". Taken in a valley of the Daunian Mountains (Foggia, Southern Italy), 24th november 1944.
Portrait of Lieutenant Ricardo Z. (on the left and in khaki uniform) and another lieutenant in summer "rayadillo" of the 1st Chasseur Battalion "África" in a tent of the Segangan Outpost. In the front we can read a post war inscription "Melilla 1914 Ricardo" while in the back the original writing: "To my beloved brother Pepe and my sister Mercedes in proof of the affection that their Ricardo has for them. Segangan 23-11-13."
A group of lithuanian soldiers, the two in the middle seem to be politicians. Uniforms look to be M15 german surplus tunics others seem heavily based on german tunics, also the caps are of a very similar style to German ones(likely just converted ones). Early Days of the Newborn Lithuanian Republic, Kaunas 1918.
Portrait of the Volunteer Red Cross nurse Carmen Margalines prior embarking to Africa taking a cup of tea. We can read: "To my Beloved friend in prove of the affection that I had to her, I dedicate her this souvenir. Your friend, Carmen Margalines". Photo taken by J. Alonso, decorated with the Royal Coat of Arms ( that means authorized by the Royal Family ), Barcelona 16/2/1920.
An Italian CTV black shirt logistics officer of the 1st Black Shirt Infantry Division "Dio lo Vuole" between Agapito López and María Rodríguez. This family had a small piece of land and a big estate house so they were asked to host a group of italian volunteers during the war for a couple of months. They had good relations with them and even they taught her some italian recipes adapted to the products available in Spain in those years. The Italians left the village in 1938, after the Asturian Offensive ended, and moved further south. Taken in Velascálvaro (Castille, 1937).
Group photo of Peyo López Gracia (Right) of the 31th Infantry Regiment "Burgos" (the 36th regiment was renamed after the coup to its pre republican name) near the Somiedo Pass (Asturias). He was native of the small village of Velascálvaro (Valladolid). During the war he was promoted to corporal in the National Army and wrote quite a few poems of religious and nationalistic content, he participated in the Asturian Campaign of Asturias (1937) and the Ebro Battle, concretely in the Sector of the Valley of the Cinca (1/1/1938-31/12/1938). He was killed in that action around November, and was postumly awarded the War Merit Cross in Red Distinctive and a mention. He is buried in the Military Cemetery of Teruel. We can read : " To my dear Cousin María Rodríguez native of Velascálvaro , In signal of affection and send you this photography of me with two friends I made during the campaign". Photo taken in the Somiedo Pass during the Offensive of Asturias, 26th September 1937.
Portrait of Peyo López Gracia of the 36th Infantry Regiment during his military service before the Civil War. He was native of the small village of Velascálvaro (Valladolid). During the war he was promoted to corporal in the National Army and wrote quite a few poems of religious and nationalistic content, he participated in the Asturian Campaign of Asturias (1937) and the Ebro Battle, concretely in the Sector of the Valley of the Cinca (1/1/1938-31/12/1938). He was killed in that action around November, and was postumly awarded the War Merit Cross in Red Distinctive and a mention. He is buried in the Military Cemetery of Teruel. Photo taken in Burgos. 1934
CDV of a Spanish Infantería de Marina Lieutenant Colonel decorated with the french Légion d'honneur Commandeur version (awarded during the Franco-Spanish Expedition to Cochinchina1858-1862) , Order of Isabel la Catolica Commandeur version, Cross of military merit White Class (Peace Time) and the Grand Cross of Military Merit with Red Distinctive (Wartime). Photo taken by J. Adaouard in 1869, Barcelona.
Portrait of Rafael S., a soldier of the 34th Infantry Regiment "Granada". There is a joke text in the side: "This General is honoured to send you his most sincere congratulations on this day of your Saint's Day (Traditional spanish Catholic holiday, Similar to name day) also to my parents. Your Nephew, Rafael". Sevilla 16th april 1927, photo taken by J. Sanz.
A group of Spanish Infantry Soldiers making fun of the height of a fellow soldier, the man in the right is pretending to be a riffian guerrilla fighter using a blanket as a Djellaba/Chilaba ( a long, loose-fitting unisex outer robe with full sleeves that is worn in the Maghreb region of North Africa). Barracks of Son Busquets , Palma de Mallorca 1918.
Portrait of Jorge Andrés Pereira, who worked with the Spanish Colonial Administration as an attorney in rural areas of Cuba during the late colonial period. This photo was taken as a gift to his fiancée, María, who remained in Spain during his work in Cuba (1895-1898). Photo taken at Santiago de Cuba, 15th June 1895.