Spanish troops from the Blue Division (División Española de Voluntarios) trudge across rolling countryside on the Leningrad Front, winter 1942/1943. The first men carries a MG 34 machine gun. German tactics (Spaniards were trained in the same way) called for the machine gun troop to be forward so that when engaged it would immediately place a high volume of fire on the enemy and the riflemen would move up and position themselves on either side of the machine gun. An alternative maneuver was for the rifle troop to move to one flank or other to attack the enemy from an unexpected direction while the machine gun troop pinned the enemy down.

Spanish troops from the Blue Division (División Española de Voluntarios) trudge across rolling countryside on the Leningrad Front, winter 1942/1943. The first men carries a MG 34 machine gun. German tactics (Spaniards were trained in the same way) called for the machine gun troop to be forward so that when engaged it would immediately place a high volume of fire on the enemy and the riflemen would move up and position themselves on either side of the machine gun. An alternative maneuver was for the rifle troop to move to one flank or other to attack the enemy from an unexpected direction while the machine gun troop pinned the enemy down.