Modern Warfare in Spain: American Military Observations on the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939

Modern Warfare in Spain
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Some 1, deaths, 2, wounded and countless numbers of insurrectionists imprisoned, together with military and paramilitary troops killed, was the final cost. Only sixteen months later, a general election was held within the legal republican-democratic process although the ceda shed any thought of stabilizing the Republic.

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General elections were held in February, The right, on the other hand, was more divided than in It was rather a massive socialist-led invasion of land in Badajoz, which took over seven times more land than under all the previous agrarian reform, that frightened the dominant classes into believing that the government had lost control. Immediately after the Popular Front electoral victory, right-wing army officers started to conspire in earnest.

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The military rebels would take him at more than his word. Confidence in a rapid rebel victory was quickly dispelled when the insurrection in most major cities, notably Madrid and Barcelona, was crushed in the streets by a combination of loyal security forces and political and trade-union militants. Where this combination failed, or the security forces went over to the rebels, the rising was almost immediately successful as in Seville and Saragossa. The fact that less than half the army and security forces united behind the rebellion was the principal reason why the coup failed in its principal objective and turned into civil war.

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In short, the insurrection fractured the Republic but did not overthrow it: the heartland of the Catholic peasantry in the north, except the Cantabrian coast, fell to the rebels; so, too, did latifundist Andalusia and part of Extremadura in the south. It appeared then that the Republic must win the war. That it did not is the problematic underlying the five thematic chapters Casanova devotes to the war. The government, however, ordered the people to be armed, although many had already seized weapons from barracks and army depots where they had defeated the military. A fissiparous revolution from below, resulting in a multitude of committees to run local affairs, undermined the state and deprived it of its last coercive power, armed force, whereupon it expired.

In pursuit of the enemy, the revolution marched over its inanimate body without stopping to breathe new life into it.

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A column formed of its legionnaires and Moroccan troops rapidly began to advance northwards towards Madrid. The first thematic chapter plunges us straight into the horror of the rearguard assassinations on both sides. After them, for the insurgents, came Republican officials, leaders and ordinary cnt and ugt members, left-party activists, known Popular Front supporters, masons, Republican schoolteachers, civil servants, professionals and intellectuals.

For their part, the revolutionaries eliminated some 55,, of whom 6, were regular and lay clergy, and women religious. With the exception of the organized slaughter of some 2, political prisoners during the defence of Madrid, the single largest mass killing on either side, the worst spate of wartime assassinations on both zones occurred in the first three months. Even so, there were significant differences: many voices, unheard on the rebel side, were raised in the Republican zone against the slaughter; by early September a new government under Largo Caballero began to create a semblance of public order, which slowly put an end to the killings there.

But not soon enough. On the rebel side, with an occasional exception, tight censorship kept the assassinations out of the news. Without Fascist aid, most of it provided on credit, the rebels would not long have been able to continue the war, let alone win it.

Not wanting to provoke Britain and France, with whom he was still seeking an anti-Fascist alliance, Stalin initially held back; but blatant Nazi and Fascist intervention increasingly alarmed him. In all, the Soviet Union sent war planes and armoured vehicles, plus some 2, pilots, engineers, military advisers and nkvd secret police.

The number of International Brigaders who fought at one time or another totalled 35,, but no more than 20, were ever in the field at the same time. Franco received not only more but an inestimably higher quality of arms; unable legally to obtain armaments from the democracies, the Republic was often forced to use intermediaries and arms dealers. The government, which shortly was joined by four anarchist ministers, advanced on all of these fronts but one: military success.

But the military insurrection had precipitated the very revolution it was intended to prevent; and in the ensuing power vacuum there was no stopping its spread. But under the revolutionary ferment a struggle for power and control of scarce arms was being waged.

His presence was highly unusual, for most military observers were less-experienced captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels. Editor James W. About the Author James W. He is also the author of dozens of articles on modern European and Spanish history. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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