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The Spanish Civil War 1936-39 (2)

Republican Forces

The Spanish Civil War 1936-39 (2) by Alejandro de Quesada
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The Spanish Civil War, 1936–39, was the curtain-raiser to World War II, and the major international event of the 1930s. It was the first great clash of 20th-century ideologies, between the rebel Nationalist army led by General Franco (right-wing, and aided by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy), and the Republican army of the government (left-wing, and aided by the Communist Soviet Union and many volunteers from liberal democracies). Three years of widespread campaigns involved the most modern weapons available (submachine guns, mortars, artillery, tanks, and combat aircraft operating in direct support of ground forces). The war was fought ruthlessly by both sides, and well before the final defeat of the Republic its army, which had begun as a mixture of genuine popular volunteer units, had come under the domination of hard-line Communists acting on Stalin’s orders.

The Republican forces were very varied in appearance and character. The loyal elements of the Spanish army that rejected the appeal of the rebel generals were supported by a wide range of volunteer regional units and political militias, and by volunteers from many other countries. These disparate forces were later amalgamated – by force – into the Communist-dominated People’s Army. Thereafter their motley array of clothing, weapons and equipment became rather more uniform as the Soviet Union provided support and supplies on a large scale. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork, this second part of a two-part study depicts the fighting men of the Republican forces that strove to retain control of Spain alongside thousands of international volunteers.

Osprey Publishing Ltd; January 2015
48 pages; ISBN 9781782007876
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Title: The Spanish Civil War 1936-39 (2)
Author: Alejandro de Quesada; Stephen Walsh

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