This Week in Spanish Civil War History – November 1937: The Halfway Point

In a war which lasted almost three full years, November 1937 is the approximate halfway point in the destruction of Spain. Spain was already a deeply divided nation, struggling with multiple inside forces and serious social and economic issues, and while civil war is tragic, Spain had come to a point where it was inevitable. The working class was deeply oppressed and dire need for … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – November 1937: The Halfway Point

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 49/50: 19 June – 3 July 1937

June 21 Andreu Nin, the leader of the POUM is assassinated. After being held for four days in a secret Communist prison in Alcála de Henares and tortured, Soviet KNVD members kill Nin. Nin never gave the Soviets the information they interrogated him and his fellow members for, or never had the information.  The exact details of Nin’s killing will never be fully established. Nin … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 49/50: 19 June – 3 July 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