OCTOBER SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘Petals and Bullets’ by Mark Derby

It was bright moonlight – good bombing light – and once we had to stop and put out our lights as a Fascist aeroplane flew over. They usually come swooping down with guns firing at cars, especially ambulances. Finally we arrived at a town among the hills about 12.30 p.m. Here there is a hospital of about 100 beds in a former convent . . … Continue reading OCTOBER SPAIN BOOK REVIEW: ‘Petals and Bullets’ by Mark Derby

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 Extra: 80 Years since the Málaga-Almería Massacre

‘The Moors are coming’ By January 1937, the Spanish Civil War already six months old, and the southern region of Andalucía had already been through its fair share of horrors. With much of the area sided with the Republicans, the Nationalists, led by fascist Franco (and his German and Italian allies) were hot on ripping through Andalucía and ruling the area, and were having great … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History Extra: 80 Years since the Málaga-Almería Massacre

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