First, it’s en español, or as my South American counterparts would insist, en castellano. But it’s an overview for Spanish audiences of “The Spanish Army, Overseas.”
Spain is an interesting country. It was once one of the dominant empires in the world. A series of defeats and some economic “bad luck” (c.f. that great economist, Bob Heinlein) impoverished the nation, and a fratricidal Civil War in which many Spanish factions became cats’ paws for foreign powers all but finished it off.
Generalissimo Francisco Franco’s attemts to rebuild a greater Spain under his Falangist leadership foundered on more economic “bad luck,” and one truly disastrous foreign adventure, the deployment of the Blue Division of volunteers to Germany’s Russian Front, soured Spaniards on foreign adventures for decades.
After Franco, Spain rejoined NATO, and gradually integrated more and more in NATO training and exercises. Spain has been an important coalition partner in such adventures as the Afghanistan war and Kosovan peace-keeping.
Spanish grunts, engineers, and Eurofighter pilots all make an appearance in the film. Enjoy.