The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

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Phoenix, 2007 - Spain - 586 pages
The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century - a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica. Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the 'coup d'etat' in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939.

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User Review  - Novak - LibraryThing

Battle for Spain. There is a heartbreaking grim reality in this long read. The reader will lose track of the many factions killing one another in the late 1930s Spain and the reasons why. It changes ... Read full review

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If people are allowed to have a “favourite” civil war then my favourite would be the Spanish Civil War. This is especially true now that I realise that the War of the Sicilian Vespers was not a civil ... Read full review

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Antony Beevor served as a regular officer in the 11th Hussars in Germany. His latest work, A WRITER AT WAR - VASILY GROSSMAN WITH THE RED ARMY 1941-1945, is an edition, with his Russian researcher, Dr Luba Vinogradova, of Grossman's wartime notebooks. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France, Beevor has been chairman of Society of Authors; he is a visiting professor at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is married to the writer Artemis Cooper.Previous titles:The Battle for Spain (HC July 06);A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army (ed);The Mystery of Olga Chekhova;Berlin: The Downfall;Stalingrad;Paris after the Liberation;Crete: The Battle and the Resistance

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