| The War That Came Early |
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
|Appearance(s):|| Hitler's War;|
West and East
|Type of Appearance:||Direct POV|
|Date of Death:||1939|
|Cause of Death:||Air Raid|
Joaquin Delgadillo (d 1939) was a soldier with the Nationalist faction of the Spanish Civil War, and by extension, the second European conflict that began in 1938. Delgadillo was a devout follower of Marshal José Sanjurjo and the Nationalist cause.
In 1938, Delgadillo participated on the German-Italian-Nationalist attack on the British holdings at Gibraltar. Although that attack was difficult, the Nationalists succeeded in wresting Gibraltar from the British.
In Madrid Delgadillo was captured in a failed trench raid against the International Brigades. He was treated well as a POW and his captor, Chaim Weinberg, attempted to indoctrinate him to the Communist cause. Delgadillo did not give up his Nationalist views but he did find Weinberg's explanation of events equally compelling. He soon had a personal crisis of faith.
In the winter, an air raid led to a breech of the perimeter of his POW camp and he was able to escape. He looked forward to slipping away and living his life independently, as his own master. Unfortunately, he was killed almost immediately as the air raid continued.