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 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 – Weeks 132 – 133: 21 – 31 January 1939: 80 Years Since the Fall of Barcelona

January 21 Today marks the first of four days of successive bombing in Barcelona by Nationalist aircraft, with ten flyovers bringing bombs into the streets. After almost three years of war, Barcelona is weary, despite being far from the front until now. The Nationalists are fast advancing through Catalonia, with little or no resistance. January 22 The Nationalist counteroffensive in Valsequillo is five days old, … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 132 – 133: 21 – 31 January 1939: 80 Years Since the Fall of Barcelona

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