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Blue Division High School (Japanese: 青師団高校, Burūdibijon Kōkō; Spanish: Escuela Secundaria División Azul) is a Spanish-themed minor school in Girls und Panzer.

Overview

Behavior & Policy

Blue Division students are renowned for two traits. The first is their culinary skills, which is why they have a good friendship with Anzio High School and Waffle Academy. Due to their shared love for food and culinary arts, the three schools often attract international attention when they reunite at festivals.

The second trait is their incredible enthusiasm, which propels them to launch their unofficial team. Their drive and selflessness have earned the band of volunteer tankers a great deal of recognition from the other schools.

Blue Division students are open, cheerful, and curious. They are regularly late for scheduled dates, as they like to move at their own pace. It seems that their favorite interests outside of cooking are talking and fashion. In addition, they also love the arts, such as music, visual arts, and theater.

Although they are very open, they quarrel occasionally. Due to their passionate personalities, with clearly defined likes and dislikes, fights often erupt over seemingly insignificant details. Once the dust settles, however, they seem to return to being friends almost instantly, either because they know not to worry about the past or because they simply do not hold grudges.

Blue Division High School, not caring that their team is not officially recognized and the school is regularly low on funds, holds warm relations with a number of other schools. This includes the aforementioned festive schools, as well as Kuromorimine Girls Academy, with whom they hold regular practice matches.

Materiel

Originally Blue Division had only light tanks, such as the Panzer I, Panzer II, and Carro Veloce CV.35, complemented by heavier light tanks such as the BT-5 and the T-26. These formed the backbone of their team for much of their history. They also have one example of the rare and unusual Verdeja I tank, a Spanish design.

With such tanks, people said that the only thing that could ever carry them to victory was their spirit.

They tried, much like Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War, to improve the firepower of their tanks by doing things such as installing a Breda 20mm autocannon on a Panzer I and putting a short 75mm howitzer on a Verdeja hull. These projects were halted with the acquisition of the newer Panzer IV Ausf.H, various Panzer III models, and several StuG IIIs.

Tactics

Regardless of what tanks Blue Division uses, their tactics remain the same. They prioritize speed and attempted breakthroughs. They appear to be very flexible with their planning, usually having multiple backup plans in the event that their main push fails. These plans, however, are not very practical and are rather unusual; for example, using a StuG III in a frontal charge. While they excel in rapid movements and short engagements, Blue Division suffers in longer, drawn out battles of attrition.

School ship

The appearance and name of Blue Division High School's schoolship currently remains unknown.

Uniform

Blue Division's school uniform consists of a deep-cleavaged blue collared shirt with school insignia on the left sleeve, a black belt with two straps connected to it, a turquoise skirt, black high socks, and black high boots.

As they do not have an official senshado club, they have no senshado uniforms, so they fight in their school uniforms.

Background

Formal relations between Japan and Spain are known to have existed since the days of the Christian missionary Francis Xavier. These relations ultimately resulted in cultural exchange centers being built in the cities of Hirado in Nagasaki Prefecture, Onjuku in Chiba Prefecture, and Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture.

Years later, when the news broke that a new school ship was being built, many prefectures submitted their names in the hope that they would host the new school. In the end, Mie Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture were the finalists, but since a decision could not be reached, it was decided that the port of Shimotsu in Wakayama Prefecture would host the school, with the compromise that the school ship would accept support from and make annual visits to Shima Peninsula in Mie Prefecture and the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture.

Against Jatkosota

Main article: Jatkosota High School vs. Blue Division High School

Blue Division participated in the 63rd National High School Sensha-Dō Tournament and faced Jatkosota High School as their first opponent. Their force was composed of T-26s, BT-5s, Panzer IIs, IIIs, and IV, StuG IIIs, and the Verdeja I. Despite being on unfamiliar terrain, Blue Division tried to break through Jatkosota's positions by taking a narrow corridor. However, the muddy terrain slowed them down. Their vanguard was destroyed by their opponent's T-34s, Panzer IVs, and Sturmis, while their rearguard was destroy by BT tanks that had performed a pincer movement. Blue Division's remaining tanks, trapped in the corridor, fought desperately but were ultimately destroyed. They were eliminated in the first round.

Members

BlueDivisionStudents.jpg

Blue Division High School has four students of note.

El

Main article: El

The overall commander of Blue Division. She is also the commander and gunner of a Panzer II Ausf.F.

Viridiana

Main article: Viridiana

The driver of El's Panzer II Ausf.F.

Tristana

Main article: Tristana

The loader and radio operator of El's Panzer II Ausf.F.

Andalusia

The commander of a Panzer II Ausf.F.

Vehicles

Tanks

Trivia

  • Their logo consists of a blue circle containing a red shield with a large horizontal black stripe in the middle, with "Azul" written in Gothic script in light yellow.
    • The name is a reference to the real life División Azul, a group of Spanish volunteers lent by General Francisco Franco, who fought in conjunction with the German Army on Eastern front from 1941 to 1943.
    • The shield is a reference to the insigna (representing the colors of the Spanish flag) that the División Azul wore on their sleeves, with a black stripe instead of a yellow one.
    • The red and black colors on the shield of Blue Division's logo are a reference to the colors of the flag of the Spanish Falange.
    • The word "azul" means "blue" in Spanish.
    • The blue circle is a reference to the color of Division Azul's soldiers' uniform shirt (taken from the Falangists) while they were on leave in Spain, as on the front they wore the German army uniform with their insignia on the sleeve.
  • Their love for modifying their tanks is a reference to the Nationalists' attempts to up-gun their tanks during the Spanish Civil War.
    • The Nationalists created the Panzer I "Negrillo" or Carro Breda, which combined a Panzer I and a Breda 20mm gun. 
    • They tested the Panzer I with various armament, including 37mm, 45mm, and twin 37mm guns.
    • The Verdeja program, launched by Colonel Félix Verdeja, was an attempt to counter the Republicans' better armed and armored tanks by combining the T-26's gun and two MG13s in a Panzer I turret with a low-profile hull.
  • The fact that Blue Division is the only known school to not have an official senshado club is a reference to Spain's unofficial participation in WW2 through volunteers.
  • The fact that Blue Division is very close to Kuromorimine and Anzio is a reference to Spain being receiving aid from Germany and Italy during the Spanish Civil War.
  • Their uniform is inspired by Spanish Legionnaires.
  • All students of Blue Division High School are named after Luis Buñuel films.
  • Andalusia, the character, is also named after an autonomous community (region) in southern Spain and it´s a reference to Buñuel´s first film: An Andalusian Dog.

Gallery

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