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.

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  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.

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    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,

      Bob

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