Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Yesterday's news

On this day, 69 years ago, the battle for Madrid began.

Nationalist troops under General Jose Varela whose forward units had already reached the western and southern suburbs of Madrid by the 1st, were now joined by General Hugo Sperrle and his German Condor Legion.

The Nationalist attack across the Manzanares river and into the University City forced Republican army regulars and local defense militias to fall back. The front was collapsing. In a panic, the Republican government fled Madrid.

At this moment units of the 11th International Brigade were deployed for the first time. The determination and almost suicidal bravery of the Brigade, and the German volunteers of the Edgar André batallion in particular, arguably saved Madrid on this day.

So began the siege that was to last for nearly three years.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous ungovernable said...

going to see some original spanish civil war footage on sunday at cinemateket, consisting of archive material and home movies. they even pepped it up by adding colour!

4:38 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

You bastard.

10:39 pm  
Anonymous ungovernable said...

i have 2 extra tickets..

1:12 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

You BASTARD!

9:45 pm  

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