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 34: 5 – 12 March 1937

March 5 The Nationalists, fuelled with Spanish, Moorish and Italian soldiers, are preparing to attack Guadalajara, 60 kilometres north-east of Madrid. After all the failed attempts to take Madrid, and the collapse of battle at nearby Jarama, the Nationalists are keen to engage again. The Italians, fresh from taking Málaga, are ready to fight. The Nationalists have gathered 35,000 men, hundreds of artillery supplies over … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 34: 5 – 12 March 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 32 and 33: 19 February – 5 March 1937

February 20 Republican General Asensio Torrado resigns his post as head of the Central front. Torrado is one of the few ‘Africanista’ Republicans who did not side with the Nationalists at the outbreak of war. Immediately after the initial coup, he led teams of soldiers in the Somosierra area just north of Madrid as well as the Battle of Talavera de la Reina. By October … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 32 and 33: 19 February – 5 March 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 30: 5 – 12 February 1937

February 5 The Nationalist offensive begins on the west bank of the Jarama River, catching the Republicans by surprise after heavy rain. The Nationalists have highly trained men who advance with whole brigades in columns, meaning the Republicans are simply overwhelmed. While the Nationalists have a good first day, they did not gain the total control as planned, and thus begins the now-infamous battle lasting … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 30: 5 – 12 February 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 29: 29 January – 5 February 1937

February 2 Preparations for the Battle of Jarama, east of Madrid, are complete. The aim is to cross the Jarama river and cut off communications between Madrid and the temporary capital, Valencia, to the east. The Nationalists have 15,000 men ready, along with support of the German Condor Legion, along with tanks and machine guns. The Republicans have 30,000 men including international volunteers and are … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 29: 29 January – 5 February 1937