Thousands of slaves for useless military projects

The works to fortify the Straits, which had begun in 1939, ended in 1943 just as the Nazis began to lose the war after the push by the Soviet Union. Franco realized that there was no longer any sense in supporting Germany and, to justify his about-turn in favour of the US and the Allies, began to say that the works were merely for defence purposes. The western powers had no plans to invade Spain, but the works remained in place. Machine-gun nests, bunkers, roads and tracks, all vestiges of a terrible story: that of the tens of thousands of people who created them through their slave labour, their effort and a sacrifice which has never been recognized.