This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 19 and 20: 21 November – 5 December 1936

Weeks 19 and 20: 21 November – 5 December 1936 “I will destroy Madrid rather than leave it to the Marxists” – Francisco Franco, November 1936 November 21 The Nationalists attack the Model prison and Don Juan barracks. Using bases by the Asilo Santa Cristina Hospital and Dr Rubio Research Institute, they manage to get as far as Parque del Oeste, but are bombed by … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 19 and 20: 21 November – 5 December 1936

This Week In Spanish Civil War History Extra: José Antonio Primo de Rivera Executed

Would you look at this creep? Was there a vampire lookalike contest in Madrid? José Antonio Primo de Rivera y Sáenz de Heredia, a mouthful of a name for a man who, at first glance, had a standard rich boy’s life, then got himself in with an equally awful man and got his name into history. Born in Madrid on 24 April 1903, he got … Continue reading This Week In Spanish Civil War History Extra: José Antonio Primo de Rivera Executed

This Week In Spanish Civil War History Extra: 80 Years Since The Death of Buenaventura Durruti – 20 November 1936

José Buenaventura Durruti Dumange was born 14 July 1896 in León, northwest Spain, as the second of eight boys born to Anastasia Dumangue, and Santiago Durruti, a railway worker and self-described socialist. Durruti left school at 14 and started as mechanic on the railway with his father. The pair became members of the UGT, Unión General de Trabajadores (socialist General Workers Union). This quiet start … Continue reading This Week In Spanish Civil War History Extra: 80 Years Since The Death of Buenaventura Durruti – 20 November 1936

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 18: 14 – 21 November 1936

Week 18: 14 – 21 November 1936 Simplified if you don’t read Spanish – Numbers are labelled by position of where which column (group) is located on November 16-17. Blue squares are Nationalist, Red are Republicans, and orange are French (and associated supporters) supporting the Republicans. Grey lines – front line. Stars – volunteers in position. Blue arrows – Nationalists making their attack. Spotted blue … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 18: 14 – 21 November 1936

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 17: 7 – 14 November 1936

Week 17: 7 – 14 November 1936 (see Week 16: 1 -7 November 1936 for the Madrid lead-up and maps) Republicans orange, Nationalists blue November 7 The attack on Madrid begins. All major bridges are attacked by Nationalist troops, most taken easily on the first day of fighting. General Varela attacks from the north, and troops pour into the Casa de Campo and through Ciudad … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 17: 7 – 14 November 1936