Sunday, 14 August 2016

Spanish Civil War: Day-by-Day: 14th August 1936

Nationalist forces, drawn from the Army of Africa and led by Colonel Juan Yague, captured Badajoz. The two parts of Nationalist Spain were now linked.


  1. Badajoz has a very bloody history. When we visited some years ago I spent a couple of hours on the first evening wandering the streets on my own after dark. It was a very uncomfortable experience. Not sure whether it was because of what I have read about the Napoleonic sieges, or whether there really is something else. Before my visit I read that there is a general feeling that Badajoz is a very unhappy town with a distinct bad feelingn due to its unhappy history. So perhaps I am not alone.

    1. Thistlebarrow,

      There are places that we have visited that had an obvious 'atmosphere' that seemed to almost seep out of the surroundings. I've never been to Badajoz, but I can easily imagine that it could share that attribute.

      After it was captured, the Nationalists exacted a terrible retribution on their opponents, and it is said that the sawdust in the bullring - which is where the executions took place - was soaked right through with the blood of the dead.

      All the best,