This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 132 – 133: 21 – 31 January 1939: 80 Years Since the Fall of Barcelona

January 21 Today marks the first of four days of successive bombing in Barcelona by Nationalist aircraft, with ten flyovers bringing bombs into the streets. After almost three years of war, Barcelona is weary, despite being far from the front until now. The Nationalists are fast advancing through Catalonia, with little or no resistance. January 22 The Nationalist counteroffensive in Valsequillo is five days old, … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 132 – 133: 21 – 31 January 1939: 80 Years Since the Fall of Barcelona

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 129 – 131: 1 – 21 January 1939

January 3  Nationalist occupations continue in Catalonia, with General Solchaga’s men taking Les Borges Blanques, General Valiño and General Grande’s troops take Artesa, and Yague and his Moroccan Legionnaires manage to cross the Ebro. General Moscardo starts an attack from a base in Lleida, while the Italian troops join General Solchaga’s troops in Les Borges Blanques to continue the offensive towards Barcelona. January 5 As the Catalonia … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 129 – 131: 1 – 21 January 1939

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 125 – 128: 1 – 31 December 1938

Almost two and a half years since the start of the war, the Republican-controlled area of Spain has dwindled. The battle of the Ebro through the second half of 1938 has destroyed the Republicans, who have no hope of recovery, with low numbers of trained men still alive, no weapons, and no aid in sight. With the withdrawal of all International Brigades in October, the … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 125 – 128: 1 – 31 December 1938

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 121 – 124: 1 – 30 November 1938

November 3 After occupying Pandols Range on November 2, the Nationalists fighting in the battle of the Ebro finally reach the water’s edge itself. With the Republicans either slaughtered or captured, and the International Brigades withdrawn at the Prime Minister’s command, nothing is stopping the Nationalists crossing into Catalonia. November 7 The town of Cabra, 70 kilometres southeast of Córdoba, is bombed from the air by the … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 121 – 124: 1 – 30 November 1938

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 117 – 120: 1 – 31 October 1938

October 2 The Nationalists attack Hill 565 in the Sierra Pandols-Cavalls, taking the strategic post. The Republicans have held this high point since the start of the offensive. On this hillside is an old Moorish tower, which the XV International Brigades used as a general protection site, along with the many caves where men hid from sight during the fighting.  By now, most hill locations … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 117 – 120: 1 – 31 October 1938