posted on Sep, 14 2012 @ 09:10 AM
We have just returned from Fuerteventura Island and attended a history lecture during our stay. I can confirm the following facts:
1. The Nazis helped Franco in the Spanish Civel Wat 1936-39
2. Spain was neutral in the second world war
3. A large part of the south of the island (isolated) was given over to the German Engineer Gustav Winter. He worked on many projects such as a the
1940s military airport at El Mattoral.
4. He buit a large villa close to the sea; called The Villa Winter, based on a house built in 1893 in the Black forest. I believe this still stands in
5. It has been "suggested" that there was a U Boat base, and that it was used by escaping Nazis on their way to South America after the war.
6. It has been "suggested" that as late as 1950 explosions destoyed underwater installations?
*NB: A suggestion is just a suggestion and not to be taken as a fact.
Comment: Franco was a Nazi sympathiser and as Spain was neutral during the war an Island base for U Boats (if this existed) could be very useful (but
also in contravention of Spains neutrality) especially if used to raid North Atlantic Conveys. It would have been very embarrassing and a massive
incentive to Franco post war to destroy the evidence. Germany helped Franco win the Spanish Civel War by sending units of their Luftwaffe Condor
Legion. Facilitating a U Boat base in Fueterventura in exchange would be reasonable and at at that time the second war and Spanish neutrality had not
Hope this was of interest.
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