Spanish Civil War Postcard 008


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a group of cartoon women firing pistols and rifles from a sandbag barricade. An injured horse leans against the barricade. One woman drops her rifle as she takes a hit. In the background, there are wrecked buildings and an airplane overhead.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "67 Women Fighters in Action in Spain When Rebel soldiers made their unsuccessful sortie on Madrid during the early fighting in Spain in July, 1936, loyal citizens, including many women, guarded the old capital from the threatened attack. Some of them, along with men volunteers and soldiers of the regular army, hurried to the outskirts of the city to help stem the Rebel advance. Others, staying in the heart of the metropolis, crouched behind sandbags and other barricades, fired on Rebel troops. Dead horses, killed in the violent street fighting, were often used as a shield from Rebel shots. Finally, the stronghold was captured which in the Rebels' plans was to have furnished a spearhead for their final thrust. Civil volunteers, including the women fighters, then rushed upon the Rebel barracks, putting an end, at least temporarily, to their hope of extending the successful rising in the provinces with another victorious rebellion in Madrid. To know the horrors of war is to want peace This is one of a series of 240 True Stories of Modern Warfare. Save to get them all. Copyright 1938, GUM, INC., Phila., Pa."


Spanish Civil War Postcard 008


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c. 1936-1938




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