Spanish Civil War Postcard 005


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a group of cartoon sailors and crew members jumping off of a sinking ship. There are several explosions and a ship in the distance. In the foreground, several men struggle to stay afloat. One man's head floats face down.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "No. 43 A Loyalist Submarine Goes to a Watery Grave The Spanish Government Submarine, "B.6," was one of a fleet of undersea craft launched by Spain in 1923. In October, 1936, it was on patrol duty just off Corunna, important harbor on the northwest coast of Spain. Suddenly the Destroyer "Velasco," belonging to the Rebel forces, hove in sight. Before the "B.6" had time to submerge, the "Velasco" opened fire. Big shells from her three four-inch guns whistled over the submarine's deck, disabling its one three-inch gun. Continuing fire stove in one side, causing the doomed sub to go down with the stern. The crew was driven to the perils of the sea and the steady fire from the Destroyer's guns! As the last fin of the sinking submarine disappeared beneath the waves with a sickening hiss, the great suction pulled some of the unfortunate crew down with it. Others, better fitted to cope with the elements, made haste to free themselves from the sub's deadly embrace by swimming to the Destroyer for mercy. Agonizing cries from the drowning men drew sympathy from the "Velasco," which picked up some of the victims of the attack. 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 005


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c. 1936-1938




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