Spanish Civil War Postcard 002


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a group of cartoon soldiers in battle. From behind a sandbag barricade, soldiers shoot machine guns and canon-like weapons at enemy soldiers in a wrecked building. Overhead, there are several explosions and two planes in the sky. In the foreground, two soldiers ready ammunition for the canon-like weapon.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "No. 21 The Siege of Toledo
Spain's once proud medieval fortress, The Alcazar, at Toledo, was one of the showplaces to which tourists were taken during peacetime. As the signal for insurrection was given in Spanish Morocco on July 18, 1936, however, it became a wartime fort once more. When a Government column commanded by General Riquelmer advanced on the town, the cadets of the Military Academy, which is housed in the Alcazar, on the hilltop, resisted the Loyalists' battering artillery for a period of seventy-one days! With them were some three hundred civilians, including women and children. Although by August 16 the town was almost wholly occupied by Government forces, the cadets with a number of Civil Guards were still holding out in the Alcazar. The fortress suffered severely under bombardment from the ground and from the air. The constant hammering of Loyalist big guns killed many, reducing the once impregnable fort to a mass of ruins. Finally, when things looked blackest for the besieged Rebels, they were rescued by troops of the Insurgent General, Francisco Franco. To know the horrors of war is to want peace This is one of a series of 240 Picture Cards. Save to get them all. Picture and Text Copyright 1938, GUM, INC., Phila., Pa."


Spanish Civil War Postcard 002


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c. 1936-1938




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