Tours in Time: Madrid and the Spanish Civil War
SpanishSites unique tours tell the story of the Spanish civil war through the eyes of four foreigners who took part in the battle for Madrid
- American novelist Ernest Hemingway and the War in the Mountains
- British writer John Cornford and Madrid’s Western Front
- German photographer Gerda Taro and the Brunete Offensive
- Irish poet Charlie Donnelly and the Battle of Jarama
With them, we leave the usual tourist trail far behind and enter the fascinating world of a conflict which shaped modern European history.
Between 1936 – 39 Spain was plunged into a bloody civil war which became the focus of attention around the world. General Franco’s army, backed by Hitler and Mussolini, was locked into a bitter conflict with the elected republican government aided by Stalin. Hundreds of thousands died as the country was torn apart in what became a dress rehearsal for the even greater conflict to come – World War II.
The siege of Madrid was the key battle of the civil war. When nationalist forces closed in on the Spanish capital most people expected the city to surrender quickly. But Madrid resisted. In an epic struggle, Madrileños and anti-fascist volunteers from other countries – the International Brigades – fought to defend the city under the now legendary slogan ‘No Pasarán’ (they will not get past).
Hidden history. Despite its importance the siege of Madrid remains a topic remains too sensitive for officialdom and the city offers no information for the intelligent, interested visitor. SpanishSites exists to fill that gap. Off the beaten track, evidence of the fighting can still be found. From the University district in the city centre, to the mountains of Guadarrama just an hour away, the remains of the war are there to be discovered – gun emplacements, bunkers, trenches and occasional debris.
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