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In 1937, the Nationalists, under the leadership of Francisco Franco began to establish their dominance. An important element of support was their greater access to foreign aid, with their German and Italian allies helping considerably. This came just as the French ceased aid to the Republicans, who continued, however, to be able to buy arms from the Soviet Union.

 

 

Spanish Civil War Films Collection DVD

Real Wartime Footage

An original production published by The Classic Archives!

In 1937, the Nationalists, under the leadership of Francisco Franco began to establish their dominance. An important element of support was their greater access to foreign aid, with their German and Italian allies helping considerably. This came just as the French ceased aid to the Republicans, who continued, however, to be able to buy arms from the Soviet Union. The Republican side suffered from serious divisions among the various communist and anarchist groupings within it, and the communists undermined much of the anarchists' organization.

With his ranks being swelled by Italian troops and Spanish colonial soldiers from Morocco, Franco made additional attempts to capture Madrid in January and February of 1937, but failed again.

On February 21 the League of Nations Non-Intervention Committee ban on foreign national "volunteers" went into effect. The large city of Málaga was taken on February 8. On March 7, the German Condor Legion equipped with Heinkel He 51 biplanes arrived in Spain; on April 26 they bombed the town of Guernica (Gernika) in the Basque Country; two days later, Nationalist General Emilio Mola's men entered the town.

After the fall of Guernica, the Republican government began to fight back with increasing effectiveness. In July, they made a move to recapture Segovia, forcing Franco to pull troops away from the Madrid front to halt their advance. Mola, Franco's second-in-command, died in a plane crash on June 3, and in early July, despite the fall of Bilbao in June, the Republican government launched a strong counter-offensive in the Madrid area, which the Nationalists repulsed with some difficulty. The clash was called "Battle of Brunete" (Brunete is a town in the province of Madrid).

Franco soon regained momentum, invading Aragon in August and then taking the city of Santander (now in Cantabria). On August 28, the Vatican, possibly under pressure from Mussolini, recognized the Franco government. Two months of bitter fighting followed and, despite determined Asturian resistance, Gijón fell in late October, effectively ending the war in the North. At the end of November, with the Nationalists closing in on Valencia, the government moved again, from Valencia to Barcelona.

This DVD aims to document the events during the Spanish Civil War. Not only will this DVD play in a regular DVD player, if you place this DVD into the DVD-ROM drive in your computer, you will also be able to read the PDF book, Spain in Revolt, a 262 page account of the Spanish Civil War.

Spain in Revolt

Circa 1938 film summarizing events in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), aimed at American audiences. While the film is mainly from the Loyalists stand point, there is also a bit curious pacifist slant to it, keeping with the mood of the US at the time.

Part 2 and 3 only (Part 1 was long lost), Sound, B&W, 21:55

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Spain Revolution Anniversary (1957)

Shown here is the 18th anniversary of end of Spanish revolution in Spain, Franco and daughter watch soldiers, "the caudillo looks on with pride, 18 years of peace and rebuilding". Also at the end is a clip of first midget convention in Reno, NV.

Sound, B&W, 1:27

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Terrified Civilians Flee Air Raid (1936)

"Cordoba, Spain: Government bombers drone through the blue over the rebel-held city, sending civilians racing in terror for cellars and other hiding places as they loose a rain of bombs. Soldiers dig trenches in the streets, fearing the Loyalist advance. - SAN SEBASTIAN: Bitter fighting between Government militia and insurgents continues, with the Republicans shown capturing a Fascist sniper. - PAMPLONA: The rebels put tiny children in black shirts and teach them to march with older girls. - PUERTO CRISTO, MALLORCA: A column of Catalan volunteers lands on the historic Mediterranean island to attempt its capture." scenes of Spanish Civil War.

Sound, B&W, 1:24

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