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 – Week 73/74: The Battle of Teruel 1 – 15 December 1937

December 1 – 7 After a month of relatively quiet times around Spain, the next large battle is being prepared, the battle of Teruel. Teruel is a small rural city of only 20,000 people, the capital of the province of Aragon, which has been largely in Republican/anarchist hands since the outbreak of war. Aragon has also been home to the bulk of the social revolution, … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 73/74: The Battle of Teruel 1 – 15 December 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 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