This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 32 and 33: 19 February – 5 March 1937

February 20 Republican General Asensio Torrado resigns his post as head of the Central front. Torrado is one of the few ‘Africanista’ Republicans who did not side with the Nationalists at the outbreak of war. Immediately after the initial coup, he led teams of soldiers in the Somosierra area just north of Madrid as well as the Battle of Talavera de la Reina. By October … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 32 and 33: 19 February – 5 March 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 31: 12 – 19 February 1937

February 12 Pingarrón ‘Suicide Hill’ The Soviet planes are giving the Republicans power in the area and the German Condor Legion planes have to retreat. The Nationalists still have to cut off the Madrid-Valencia road. International Brigades try to hold these last few key locations to save the road and keep it open. The volunteers are hacked into pieces by the Nationalists over a fateful … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 31: 12 – 19 February 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History Extra: 80 Years since the Málaga-Almería Massacre

‘The Moors are coming’ By January 1937, the Spanish Civil War already six months old, and the southern region of Andalucía had already been through its fair share of horrors. With much of the area sided with the Republicans, the Nationalists, led by fascist Franco (and his German and Italian allies) were hot on ripping through Andalucía and ruling the area, and were having great … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History Extra: 80 Years since the Málaga-Almería Massacre

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 30: 5 – 12 February 1937

February 5 The Nationalist offensive begins on the west bank of the Jarama River, catching the Republicans by surprise after heavy rain. The Nationalists have highly trained men who advance with whole brigades in columns, meaning the Republicans are simply overwhelmed. While the Nationalists have a good first day, they did not gain the total control as planned, and thus begins the now-infamous battle lasting … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 30: 5 – 12 February 1937

Women of the Spanish Civil War: Part 1 – Lucía Sánchez Saornil

Lucía Sánchez Saornil was born in Madrid on 13 December 1895, and raised in poverty by her father. Sánchez got accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Madrid) with her passion for poetry, and by 1919 she had already been published in multiple journals, where she used a pen name. As a man, she was able to write of lesbian themes; … Continue reading Women of the Spanish Civil War: Part 1 – Lucía Sánchez Saornil