Modern Warfare in Spain: American Military Observations on the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Modern Warfare in Spain: American Military Observations on the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

by James W. Cortada (Editor)

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Overview


During the Spanish Civil War, foreign military officers wrote highly elaborate reports of their experiences at the front. One was attaché Col. Stephen O. Fuqua of the U.S. Army, who had once held the rank of major general. His presence was highly unusual, for most military observers were less-experienced captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels. Fuqua’s reports contained important observations about Spanish armament and troop movements, and he managed to acquire Nationalist propaganda and information despite being situated entirely within Republican military lines. His reporting was considered so valuable that during World War II, Fuqua was tapped to be Time’s military commentator.Editor James W. Cortada brings Fuqua’s—and others’—insightful observations to light. The result is a volume of such immediacy that the reader feels transported to a time of great historical uncertainty amid the twentieth century’s great “dress rehearsal” for fascism and the conflagration of World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597975568
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author


James W. Cortada is the author of a dozen books on Spain, including Spain in the Nineteenth-Century World: Essays on Spanish Diplomacy, 1789–1898, and two previous publications on the Spanish Civil War. He is also the author of dozens of articles on modern European and Spanish history. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxvii

Selected Chronology of Military Events of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 xxix

1 Start of the Rebellion (July-September 1936) 1

2 Battle of Madrid and Other Campaigns (October 1936-February 1937) 35

3 Campaigns in Central Spain, Fall of Malaga, and Battle of Guadalajara (January-April 1937) 69

4 Daily Routine of War and the Fall of Bilbao (April-July 1937) 121

5 Intensification of the War in the North (July-November 1937) 161

6 Lessons from the Spanish Civil War (November-December 1937) 197

7 The Teruel Campaign (December 1937-February 1938) 225

8 From the Aragon Campaign to the End of the Battle of the Ebro (March-November 1938) 259

9 Conquest of Catalonia and End of the War (December 1938-April 1939) 299

Notes 323

Index 329

About the Author 335

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