The Spanish Civil War

Posted by on Friday, November 4, 2016

The Spanish Civil War lasted from July 17, 1936 to April 1, 1939. It broke out with a military uprising in Morocco on July 17, triggered by events in Madrid. Within days, Spain was divided in two: a "Republican" or "Loyalist" Spain consisting of the Second Spanish Republic.

In the early days of the war, over 50,000 people who were caught on the "wrong" side of the lines were assassinated or summarily executed.

Under British pressure, France reverses its policy of helping Republican Spain, and together the two nations found the Non-Intervention Committee.

The conflict inspired nearly seventeen hundred Canadians to travel to Spain where many joined the Canadian Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion of the International Brigades as armed volunteers in the anti-fascist cause. 



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