This Week in Spanish Civil War History Extra: 80 Years Since the Guernica Bombing

26 April 1937 – Guernika-Luma, a Basque town of 7,000 people, entered the history books when it was attacked by the German Condor Legion (aided by the Fascist Italian Aviazione Legionaria) fighting on behalf of Franco’s Nationalist forces. The small town of Guernica, in the Biscay region of the Basque Country was a communication hub for the Basque fighters, who had sided with the Republican … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History Extra: 80 Years Since the Guernica Bombing

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 40 and 41: 17 – 30 April 1937

April 19 Franco creates the Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las Juntas de Ofensiva Nacional-Sindicalista (FET y de las JONS). This brings together the horrid Falange fascists and the hard-right Catholic Carlists into one big hate group. Franco appoints himself as leader, making him both a political and military leader, paving the way for dictatorship. The Falange has many of leaders killed during the war, … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 40 and 41: 17 – 30 April 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 38 and 39: 3 – 17 April 1937

April 3 The CNT (Anarchist workers’ unions) and the PCE (Spanish Communist Party) are constantly in opposition. The PCE are advocating against social revolution, while the CNT are convinced social revolution should continue. The CNT also do not wish to support pro-parliamentary democracy, unlike the PCE. To the CNT, fighting for social revolution is the same as fighting against fascism. The large province of Aragon … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 38 and 39: 3 – 17 April 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 35/36/37: 12 March – 2 April 1937

March 12 The Republicans are finally in a position to launch an offensive. A midday offensive sees 100 Soviet Rata and Chato fighter planes launched along with two squadrons of larger Katiuska bombers, which have arrived from Albacete. The Italian Nationalists have had their planes grounded due to the fog and sleet water-logging their aircraft. Albacete is 260 kilometres south and has not suffered weather … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 35/36/37: 12 March – 2 April 1937