This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 100 – 103: 1 – 30 June 1938

100 weeks into the 80th anniversary blog and still going, not a week missed (okay, sometimes late, but life happens)! June 6 The small town of Bielsa on the border with France has been home to the Bielsa Pocket, all-out fighting for almost two months. The town of 4,000 people has been protected by the Republican 43rd division led by Antonio Beltran, though they have … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 100 – 103: 1 – 30 June 1938

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 88/89: 16 – 31 March 1938

March 16 With the battle of Aragon in full swing, the border with France is open to allow Russian supplies to flow down to Barcelona and into Aragon to aid the Republicans. Mussolini has a new strategy, to literally win the war with fear and terror, by bombing the civilians in Barcelona. Barcelona has no aircraft artillery and no fighter cover. None of the Spanish Republican Air … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 88/89: 16 – 31 March 1938

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 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