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Spanish Civil War This forum is for discussion of the Spanish Civil War. , this sub-forum appears in the World War II section because Spain was both a training ground for and preview of what was about to break loose in Europe.

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On this day in history...

The Basque town of Guernica was flattened by the air forces of Nationalist Spain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Guernica
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A serious event in our country, perpetrated by the Legion Condor and Italian aviation. The famous "Operation Rügen".
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Thank You for this remembrance!

Here's from a wonderful book recommended reading by excellent author RICHARD RHODES : HELL AND GOOD COMPANY:

"At least three hundred people, perhaps as many as a thousand, were killed that day in Gernika, machine gunned, bombed, or burned to death. More than five hundred wounded were treated for injuries in Bilbao hospitals.----

Richthofen (Germany Nazi Air commander) recorded the bombing in his war diary on 30 April 1937, after his first visit to Gernika, which by then the Nationalists (fascists) had overrun. Even at that early date he was already contributing to the cover up of the terror bombing that issued from Franco's headquarters as soon as Monk's and Steer's reports appeared in the London and New York newspapers on 28 and 29 April. The Germans and the Nationalists had not yet fully coordinated their lies: Franco claimed the "Reds' had torched Gernika after a routine Nationalist bombing, faking an atrocity, but in his diary Richthofen blamed smoky conditions for diverting his pilots from their supposed precision bombing missions. Significantly, their asserted target, the small arm factory, the canal bridge, went undamaged. A Condor Legion (fascist air unit German) report a year later summarizing the Legion's campaigns tells the real story: We have had notable results in hitting the targets near the front, especially in BOMBING VILLAGES which hold enemy reserve and headquarters. We have great success because these targets are easy to find and can be thoroughly DESTROYED BY CARPET BOMBING."
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