Highly Recommended On The Spanish Civil War

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A reader sends:

Great series. Recently watched all 6. This covers politics, economics, and even tactics.

The military leadership initiated a nationalist coup. Police threw in with the socialists and raided the armories. Regions tried to split from Spain and in some places it also included Catholic vs. Catholic fighting.

Ask yourself why this isn’t taught in American schools?

Another background story:

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/spanish-civil-war-75-years-later

“I was 6 years old in July 1936 when the war started,” remembers Ismael Virto, a U.S. representative of Spain’s University of Navarra. “There was a knock on the door, and it was the militia — self-appointed men and women, Spanish people, with guns.”

“They said, ‘Give arms to the people!’ Our house was modest, a middle-class house in the city of Valencia, which was controlled by the socialists. Why did this gang come to us? My father had a car, which was a problem — for us,” Virto continued.

“So, the militia searched our house. They took whatever weapons we had, a hunting gun and some ceremonial swords. But then they saw it and knew we were dangerous: My grandfather had a life-sized crucifix in his bedroom. And to these guys, the Church was their enemy,” Virto explained.

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25 responses to “Highly Recommended On The Spanish Civil War

  1. You have to wonder how many people died or suffered terribly because they refused to get the hell out of Dodge, even late in the game. Pretty hard decision to make, to cut and run. Especially when you have so much to lose.

    • There are a few scenes of refugees crossing snow covered mountains into France or not getting on the last ship to leave port.

      If you needed to flee the US, where would you go?

      • American_Patriot

        QUOTE: “If you needed to flee the US, where would you go?”

        The remote, isolated border regions in Canada could serve as refuges for Patriots under some circumstances.

        Some of the Canadian border regions are VERY sparsely populated.

        On the other hand, TeamTyranny is unlikely to respect international borders.

      • Probably Australia (specifically Perth) or New Zealand.

        Once, i might have said Germany or Scandinavia, but not any more, given how those countries are becoming overrun by the “mud tide” !

    • the initial map is somewhat misleading. More to the point: w/in hours of the Nationalist Uprising, 20 out of 24 urban military garrisons were overwhelmed and massacred by the Reds. One of the 4 garrisons that held out was the famous Alcazar, in Toledo. Italian and German support for the Uprising more-or-less offset Russian/French/Internat’l Brigade support for the communist “Republic”; decisive early on and throughout, though, was the Spanish Foreign Legion – Franco’s own unit, mostly Muslim troops w Spanish officers – who thrashed and terrorized the Reds

      • Do you have any recommended reading suggestions?

        • at work right now, here’s a few items off the top of my head…

          Narratives:

          Eby, Cecil: *SIEGE OF THE ALCAZAR
          *BETWEEN THE BULLET AND THE LIE – AMERICAN
          VOLUNTEERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
          *COMRADES AND COMMISSARS – THE LINCOLN
          BATTALION IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
          (conservative, pro-nationalist slant from this author, who escaped from communist Hungary in 1956; most English-language narratives are Left-leaning, given the ethno-Marxist infestation on campus and in the book publishing business. Typical would be Paul Preston’s several works on Spain; cf. his bio of Franco…a vicious hatchet-job, but also well-researched and highly detailed)

          Smith, Richard and C. Hall: FIVE DOWN, NO GLORY – FRANK TINKER,
          MERCENARY ACE IN THE SPANISH CIVIL
          WAR (volunteer w Reds; he also wrote an
          autobio)
          Ruiz, Julius: “RED TERROR” AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR –
          REVOLUTIONARY VIOLENCE IN MADRID
          Payne, Stanley: THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, THE SOVIET UNION, AND
          COMMUNISM
          Radosh, Ronald and M. Habeck: SPAIN BETRAYED – THE SOVIET UNION
          IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
          Othen, Chris: FRANCO’S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE – ADVENTURERS,
          FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE
          SPANISH CIVIL WAR
          Alvarez, Jose: THE SPANISH FOREIGN LEGION IN THE CIVIL WAR
          Thomas, Hugh: SPANISH CIVIL WAR – THE FIRST OBJECTIVE HISTORY

          Firsthand accounts:

          Fraser, Ronald (ed.): BLOOD OF SPAIN – AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE
          SPANISH CIVIL WAR (a must, and a good starting
          point; anthology of firsthand accounts from all sides,
          derived from face-to-face interviews)
          Kemp, Peter: THORNS OF MEMORY (Brit volunteer with Carlist militia; a
          rare, excellent account from the Nationalist side. As with the
          narratives, most English-language works are from the
          communist camp)
          Larios, Jose: MEMOIRS OF A NATIONALIST FIGHTER PILOT
          Orwell, George: HOMAGE TO CATALONIA
          Fisher, Henry and P. Seeger: COMRADES – TALES OF A BRIGADISTA
          IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
          Borkenau, Franz: THE SPANISH COCKPIT
          Gellhorn, Martha: THE FACE OF WAR (hardLeft journalista – in fact,
          useful idiot Ernest Hemingway’s communist “control” –
          reports from Madrid during siege)

          …there’s some other good things on the bookself I can’t quite recall at the
          moment; I’ll add them when i get home from work

  2. American_Patriot

    The conservatives won the Spanish civil war, but they had LOTS of outside help (from Germany and Italy).

    Without that help, they would have lost, considering that the US and France and were tacitly supporting the Commies, along with the USSR.

    • American_Patriot

      Looking at the map, it also occurred to me that Portugal in the 1930s was a Rightwing/Fascist regime under Salazar.

      So the Spanish conservatives probably got some support from there, as well.

    • Actually the US gave virtually no aid to the “Republic”, and France only very little.

  3. Franco dominates the popular discussion of Spanish fascism, but it was José Antonio Primo de Rivera that embodied the Fascist ideals.
    “Fascism was born to inspire a faith not of the Right (which at bottom aspires to conserve everything, even injustice) or of the Left (which at bottom aspires to destroy everything, even goodness), but a collective, integral, national faith.

  4. DWEEZIL THE WEASEL

    One question. I read a book on the Spanish Civil War years ago. It documented that “THE TREASURES OF SPAIN” were evacuated to the Soviet Union to keep them from the Fascists. Were they ever returned?

  5. I have long argued that the Spanish Civil War is the closest modern analog to what a civil war would look like in this country today. Not exact, but close.

    • don’t think so. The Right in Spain was relatively united under a strong Leader; in America, the Right has been utterly subverted by the neo-conz, and is divided and leaderless. And the military in the US is 98% under regime control, as are the local police. Our only hope is a terminal economic collapse, followed by urban anarchy and regime collapse. Then we can make hay. But Mrs. Clinton can make this happen, and soon

    • Touched off by a national election. Certainly seems possible during the next few election cycles.

  6. Harden your hearts, sharpen your minds, and toughen your bodies.

    Yeah right.

    As the losers drink their brain cells, health, and lives away. Wanna know how you can tell if someone can handle alcohol?

    They consume one or two beers and STOP…..

    I hate fucking drunks. You can’t trust them-after all, they’re drunk.

  7. Drunks,junkies,tweakers,crackheads,stoners all suck. I collectively refer to them as shitheads. All-encompassing. Everything they get near turns to shit.

  8. I’ve studied this historical insurrection extensively, the one thing that is amazing is how the the events leading up to the actual outbreak of actual war, are mirrored in today’s news.

    The Balkinization of both US and Canada are an echo to the Spain of 1930-36. Interestingly, the leaders of then and now, had the delusional belief that after polarizing the nations, they could somehow control the consequences.

  9. Richard Raymond

    Excellent documentary. I never realized what a major event this was.
    I wonder what was Portugal’s position in this conflict?
    Why did no one flee to Portugal?
    Thanks for posting. Will share.

  10. You want some Verdun?
    Here’s some Verdun for you snapperhead!

    Outrage Over Verdun ‘Art Performance’ Desecration
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/05/31/watch-outrage-verdun-art-performance/