This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 29: 29 January – 5 February 1937

February 2 Preparations for the Battle of Jarama, east of Madrid, are complete. The aim is to cross the Jarama river and cut off communications between Madrid and the temporary capital, Valencia, to the east. The Nationalists have 15,000 men ready, along with support of the German Condor Legion, along with tanks and machine guns. The Republicans have 30,000 men including international volunteers and are … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 29: 29 January – 5 February 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 28: 22 – 29 January 1937

Week 28: 22 – 29 January 1937 January 22 The Nationalists forces have been constantly battling to take Madrid since early November and still not able to get into the city. Franco decides its time to change tactics and attempt to cut off the city  by crossing the Jarama river, south-east of the city. This will cut off Madrid’s communications with Valencia to the east, … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 28: 22 – 29 January 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 27: 15 – 22 January 1937

January 15 The third battle of Corunna Road ceases. The Nationalists have convincingly won the first and second waves of battle, and now both sides are exhausted. The XII International Brigades do not have the men or supplies to take back any of the northwest Madrid areas, and the Nationalists can’t get any further with their numbers. Both sides are now exhausted and give up … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 27: 15 – 22 January 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 26: 8 – 15 January 1937

Anarchist supporters in Barcelona January 8 The Popular Executive Committee of Valencia is dissolved. The Committee is one of eight main groups set up to look after regions (broken into almost smaller 600 collectives) which have been participating in the Spanish Revolution, an anarchist-driven change in way of life for workers of their regions. Aragon was the main driver of this movement, along with neighbouring … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 26: 8 – 15 January 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 25: 1 -7 January 1937

January 1 By the 25th week of the war, neither side would be able to say their plans had been executed the way they hoped. The Nationalists had hoped to invade, take Madrid and rule the nation within weeks or months. The Republicans came together, multiple factions with similar principles, hoping to oust the fascists. At no stage were they prepared enough to see through … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 25: 1 -7 January 1937