This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 142: 80th Anniversary of the Final Offensive 26 March – 1 April 1939

March 26 General Yagüe and his troops advance north and east from the Sierra Morena mountains, on the Andalusia/Castilla La Mancha border. Any remaining Republican soldiers in the country are ordered to drop their weapons and retreat from any remaining front-lines. Nothing can be done to stop the Nationalists now. In a single day, the Nationalist troops take 200,000 square kilometres of land and take … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 142: 80th Anniversary of the Final Offensive 26 March – 1 April 1939

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 133 – 137: 1 – 28 February 1939

February 1 Prime Minister Negrín, holding a meeting at Figueres Castle, suggests a surrender to Franco, on one condition – those left living would be respected and they  could vote on how a new government would be formed. Franco does not accept this surrender. February 2 The Nationalists who took Barcelona have made the 100 kilometres hike north and take Girona, which no longer has any … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 133 – 137: 1 – 28 February 1939

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 113 – 116: 1 – 30 September 1938

September 3 The Nationalist Maestrazgo Corps  arrive at the Ebro front, drawn away from their task of capturing Valencia, to help the advance through the Sierra Cavalls and Pàndols, and then another 10 kilometres north into Corbera. The mountain range is held by the 35th, 11th and the 43rd Republican divisions. The new Eastern front Nationalists counter-attack Gandesa with a reinforcement of German 88mm guns at … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 113 – 116: 1 – 30 September 1938