Hitler meets with Franco

Franco declares himself ready to join the war against Britain under the following conditions: Spain is rewarded with Gibraltar, French Morocco and Western Algeria; and military and economic aid is made available - particularly petroleum and wheat.

Hitler agreed but was concerned about committing French colonial interests to Spain as he hoped to promise parts of British West Africa to the Vichy government.

Spain continued to drag its heels and never served as a base against Gibraltar but did contribute forces to the German Eastern Front.