Whirly, I haven’t found a reference to Soviet troops in Spain, only the sale of military equipment. Not that it matters, the war was used successfully by Hitler to test new weapons, harden his troops, bring Italy into his fold along with Spain. I think the parallel with Putin and the Ukraine is similar. Russia is rolling out new equipment for testing and has a limited number of troops in combat training. I have no doubt that they rotate new troops in to get as many as ppossible experience. Who are they ginning up as allies?