This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 57: 14 – 21 August 1937

August 14 The Nationalists are ready to begin their massive new siege to take the north of Spain. The Army of the North of both sides have been assembled throughout the top half of Spain. General Fidel Dávila has 90,000 troops, 25,000 of them through three Italian divisions. They also have a massive cache of weapons, plus the German Condor Legion aircraft, plus Spanish and … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 57: 14 – 21 August 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 55/56: 1 – 14 August 1937

August 2 Embattled Falange leader Manuel Hedilla, arrested for defying Franco on April 25, has his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment in the Canary Islands. Since the death of Rivera eight months earlier, Hedilla has been in a battle with Agustín Aznar and Sancho Dávila for the role of leader of the Falange, the fascist ultra-right wing conservatives loyal to Franco’s cause. Hedilla has … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 55/56: 1 – 14 August 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 48: 12 – 19 June 1937

June 12 The Republican attack on Huesca begins in the hope of stalling the Nationalist attack on Bilbao. The XII International Brigade, now without their General, join Spanish Republicans under their General and storm Huesca, 300 kilometres southeast of Bilbao, and just 70 kilometres north of Zaragoza. Huesca has been held by the Nationalists through the war and while they lack the men the Republicans … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 48: 12 – 19 June 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 47: 5 -12 June 1937

June 6 The Basque Army fighters, fighting alongside the Republicans, lose their last planes when they are shot down. The German Condor Legion planes destroy all their remaining planes, leaving the Republican men in the trenches around Bilbao exposed to Nationalist bombers. Republicans outside Segovia Republican Colonel Moriones, who is heading the Republican forces towards Segovia, orders a full retreat. The three divisions and the … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 47: 5 -12 June 1937

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