Spanish Civil War Postcard 006


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a crowd of cartoon people entering a cellar as their city is bombed or under attack. In the background, there are wrecked buildings in flames and civilians caught in explosions. On the left side, there is a large body of water with two ships in the distance. In the foreground, there are two bodies next to the cellar entrance. A woman drops her child as she is hit by some type of explosion.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "No. 44 The Bombardment of Almeria In June, 1937, German warships fired over 200 shells into the Spanish Government port of Almeria. Their purpose was to "get even" for the prior bombing of the German "Deutschland." At the time the town was attacked it was crowded with refugees from Malaga. Thousands of women and children huddled in cellars in terror of their lives. The shells tore holes in the Church of St. Sebastian as people knelt in prayer. Many private homes were wrecked during the bombardment, with roofs and walls blown into fragments. Whole streets were turned into shambles. A Valencia report gave the casualties as 19 killed, including women and children, and 55 wounded. As night came the town lay in utter darkness due to destruction of the electricity supply: and water and telephone services were out of commission. There appeared to be no definite objective to the bombing except destruction of the town itself. Coast batteries replied with about 70 shots and hit one of the attacking destroyers. 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 006


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c. 1936-1938




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