This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 62/63/64: 17 September – 9 October 1937

September 18 The battle of El Mazuco continues along the summits of the Peña Blancas. The German Condor Legion planes are brought in now the heavy fog has cleared, to assault the Republican hold over the Bedón river, which runs from the village of Vibaño right of the sea, only 12 kilometres away from the front line now. The Condor Legion bombed the Bedón river … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 62/63/64: 17 September – 9 October 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 53/54: 17 – 31 July 1937

July 17 The Republicans are ill, battered, without serious supplies and suffering from their massive losses. They dig in all areas in the Brunete front and prepare for the Nationalist counterattack they know is coming. Some 38,000 Nationalists are coming. The war is one year old today. Spain is fractured and blood had spilled in every city and village. No one is safe. No end … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 53/54: 17 – 31 July 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

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 42 and 43: The May Days of Barcelona 1 – 15 May 1937

Barcelona, May 1937 The Barcelona Generalitat is run by members of many political groups as they fight to both repel the Franco Nationalist invasion, and cope with anarchist-led social revolution, giving workers and the poor equal rights and freedoms. Many sub-groups and belief systems also exist, but to simplify, listed are the major players, in which all these smaller groups are affiliated. All groups are … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 42 and 43: The May Days of Barcelona 1 – 15 May 1937