Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Spanish Civil War: Day-by-Day: 19th July 1936

The Insurgents (or Nationalists) succeeded in seizing power in Morocco, Navarre, Galicia, Old Castile and Seville, but were thwarted in the key cities of Barcelona and Madrid.

Santiago Casares Quiroga (of the Left Republican Party) resigned from the post of Prime Minister of the Republic. President Manuel Azana asked Diego Martinez Barrio (a member of the Republican Union Party) to form a moderate government that could negotiate with the rebels. When Barrio was unable to form a government that enjoyed any real support, he resigned. Professor Jose Giral (of the Republican Party) replaced him and ordered that arms be distributed to the workers.

General Francisco Franco flew from Tenerife to Tetuan to take over command of the Army of Africa.

The Olley Air Services De Havilland Dragon Rapide that flew General Franco from Tenerife to Tetuan.

4 comments:

  1. I flew in a Rapide at Hendon Aerodrome. Bit bumpy and very 'cosy' but really enjoyed it.

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    1. Phil Broeders,

      That must have been an interesting experience!

      Just imagine what it must have been like to fly in a Rapide from the Canary Islands to Morocco! That must have been somewhat more than cosy!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. I did six jumps out of a Rapide that was painted like a packet of Rothmans fags. I say out of but it was more from because you had to stand on the trailing edge of the bottom wing holding the strut before leaving. I did to 'cure' my fear of heights. It didn't work :0)

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    1. Nobby,

      Six jumps ... and they didn't cure your fear of heights! That is a persistent if not successful way to try find a cure!

      My maternal grandfather worked for De Havilands before the Second World War, and may well have helped build these aircraft.

      All the best,

      Bob

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