Given the difficulties we faced in the composition of German soldiers during the photo sessions made at the historical scenarios where the Gernika battalion fought (an issue that exclusively concerns the French and that ought not to be judged by us), we see the need to create supporting groups for staging the Fighting Basques project. Here we refer to Axis units. For instance, the Gernika battalion is supported by the Narvik battalion of the Kriegsmarine, the Coast Artillery corps and other units it fought in 1945. The concept can also be extended to those who fought together with the Basques, as the Libertad battalion. These supporting groups can be created either by members of Sancho de Beurko or by any non-member groups or individuals wanting to be part of this project, even if on a temporary basis.
But above all, this project aims to heal the wounds respecting the memory of all that generation, including those who fought against the Basques in World War II. So, supporting groups are also Memory Groups in order to seek a sincere reconciliation among men.
Groups included in the "Fighting Basques" project
The "Fighting Basques" project comprises the following groups, although some other groups may be created in the future:
- The Gernika battalion (Foreign and Moroccan Mixed Regiment, Carnot Brigade, French Forces of the Pointe de Grave)
Supporting groups: riflemen battalion 1059, the Narvik battalion of the Kriegsmarine, the 618 coast artillery group of the Kriegsmarine – M.A.A. 618 (all of them belonging to the Festung Gironde Süd, the Pointe de Grave 1945).
- The 13th Foreign Legion Demi-Brigade (13th DBLE, 1st Free France Division)
- The Leningrad´s People Militia (Leningrad Narodnoe Opolcheniye Army), in preparation.
- The Mighty Eighth (U.S. Army 8th Air Force), in preparation.