Spanish Civil War Postcard 018


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a group of cartoon soldiers firing a flamethrower from behind a sandbag barricade. Two soldiers fire rifles at enemy soldiers from behind the barricade.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "109 Loyalist Flame-thrower in Action In the late winter of 1937 the Loyalists had built an elaborate system of entrenchments in the East Park of Madrid and over a period of several months had offered desperate resistance to Franco's men, who were beaten back again and again. Whenever the fighting became close enough at hand the Government flame-throwers were put into action against the Rebel soldiers. The picture shows one of these engines of death in action. The man in the foreground has just touched off the flame-throwing machine and is directing its flesh-searing ammunition at the advancing troops. Already some of the Rebel soldiers are being caught in its fiery embrace while others are being picked off with the more deadly but less disfiguring fire from rifles. Sandbag parapets afforded excellent protection for the Loyalist troops in these entrenchments known as the "Reds' Hindenburg Line." To know the horrors of war is to want peace. This is one of 240 True Stories of Modern Warfare. Save to get them all and compete for 1000 Cash Prizes. Ask your dealer. Copyright 1938, GUM, INC., Phila., Pa. Printed in U.S.A."


Spanish Civil War Postcard 018


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c. 1936-1938




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