Danza De La Muerte: Greek Arms Dealing in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
Speaker: Mrs Sarah Inglis (Simon Fraser University)
Organizer: Norwegian Institute at Athens
In August and September 1936, General Ioannis Metaxas and King George II declared it illegal for Greeks to intervene in the ongoing Spanish Civil War, including exporting and re-exporting weapons. Despite this, Metaxas permitted Bodosakis and the Greek Powder and Cartridge Company to ship and supply weapons on a large scale to Spain. The objective of this study is to examine Greek involvement in dealing weapons and ammunition to the Spanish Civil War, contending that Greece was not only one of the major foreign forces in the conflict, alongside Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union but, unlike the aforementioned nations, was involved in the war out of economic opportunities as opposed to furthering the nations’ ideology.
Refreshments will be served following the lecture.
Image: Fascist machine gun squad and riflemen hold positions along the Huesca front, northern Spain, on December 30, 1936.