This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 88/89: 16 – 31 March 1938

March 16 With the battle of Aragon in full swing, the border with France is open to allow Russian supplies to flow down to Barcelona and into Aragon to aid the Republicans. Mussolini has a new strategy, to literally win the war with fear and terror, by bombing the civilians in Barcelona. Barcelona has no aircraft artillery and no fighter cover. None of the Spanish Republican Air … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Weeks 88/89: 16 – 31 March 1938

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 65/66/67: 10 – 31 October 1937

October 10  Franco’s Navarrese Brigade are still heading west into Asturias, and reach the small town of Cangas de Onís. The town, deep in the Picos de Europa, is only 65kms from the city of Gijón, which is preparing for invasion. A mixture of Republican fighters and International Brigades are still keen to take ground in Aragon, and after minimal gains for heavy losses in … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 65/66/67: 10 – 31 October 1937

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 60: 3 – 10 September 1937: 80 years since the Battle of Belchite

The ailing Republican battle of Zaragoza is now centred on the bombing of the village of Belchite, which has been surrounded for two days. Around 3800 civilians are trapped in the town along with 7000 Nationalists fighting, determined not to lose the area. All are suffering with the heat of summer and water in the area has been cut off by the Republicans. With troops … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 60: 3 – 10 September 1937: 80 years since the Battle of Belchite

This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 58/59: 21 August – 3 September 1937

August 22 Nationalist forces take the areas of Selaya, Villacarriedo, Ontaneda and Las Fraguas in the Cantabrian region as they advance towards Santander. August 23 Navarrese forces fighting for the Nationalists claim Mazcuerras Valley and take Mount Ibio, which all-but cuts off the main road and the rail line between Santander and Asturias. Italian forces take Puente Viesgo after facing little Republican resistance. August 24 … Continue reading This Week in Spanish Civil War History – Week 58/59: 21 August – 3 September 1937