By Willis J. (Willis John) Abbot
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The last major shipment of 50 tanks E T-26 MODEL 1933, BANDERA DE CARROS DE COMBATE DE LA LEGION, CUBAS DE LA SAGRA, 1938 The captured T-26 tanks, more popularly called “Vickers” in Nationalist service, were rebuilt and repainted by Panzergruppe Drohne at their Cubas base before being incorporated into the Spanish Legion tank regiment. In ordered to prevent their misidentification as Republican tanks, they were prominently marked with the red/yellow/red flag colors of Franco’s forces and usually had the turret roof painted in white with a St Andrew’s Cross for air identification to prevent being attacked by Nationalist aircraft.
The Renaults serving with the Army of the North included some tanks originally acquired from France, along with more recent acquisitions from Poland. Although there was no ideological affinity between the Polish and Spanish governments, Warsaw decided to sell off a great deal of old weaponry to Spain to help fund its own military modernization effort. Two shipments totaling 32 Renault FT tanks were delivered to Alicante on the Mediterranean The Carro Trubia-Naval was the only tank produced in any significant number in Spain during the war.
The last major campaign in which Soviet tank crews participated was the bitter fighting for Teruel from December 15, 1937, to February 22, 1938. The first of the new tank divisions was committed to the fighting, consisting of two T-26 battalions, the remnants of the International Tank Regiment, and other supporting units with a total of 104 tanks. The division was not used as a unified force nor had it ever been intended to be used as such. Instead, component battalions were assigned to support various divisional attacks.