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 138 – 141: 1 – 25 March 1939

March 3 Now that the Republicans have lost Catalonia, they have no chance of winning the war. The Republicans still holds Madrid after almost three years of being surrounded, and another thirty percent of the country. But Barcelona is the head of the war industry, all now in Nationalist hands. More than 220,000 men and women have died fighting the Nationalists, Republican president Azaña has … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 138 – 141: 1 – 25 March 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 121 – 124: 1 – 30 November 1938

November 3 After occupying Pandols Range on November 2, the Nationalists fighting in the battle of the Ebro finally reach the water’s edge itself. With the Republicans either slaughtered or captured, and the International Brigades withdrawn at the Prime Minister’s command, nothing is stopping the Nationalists crossing into Catalonia. November 7 The town of Cabra, 70 kilometres southeast of Córdoba, is bombed from the air by the … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 121 – 124: 1 – 30 November 1938