Spanish Civil War Postcard 042


Front of postcard (recto). Image of cartoon soldiers running into a body of water to avoid enemy fire. There are two planes and a tank firing at the soldiers. In the background, there are mountains and explosions.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "162 Spanish Volunteers Swim Icy River On April 2, 1938, Gandesa fell during the Insurgent push to the Mediterranean and a whole battalion of the International Brigade was nearly wiped out. This brigade had made a last stand before Gandesa with the enemy's mechanized columns and tanks already past them. After bitter fighting the battalion was split into two parts, one going south, the other east. One group wandered into enemy lines at night and had to break across an open field to reach the Ebro River and possible safety. Arriving at this swift-flowing stream a handful of them stripped off their clothes and dived into the icy water to swim across so as to make a last effort to rejoin the brigade. Four of them who had been wounded drowned, while the balance braved the risk of enemy fire controlled by an obervation plane overhead. Another battalion further north on the Ebro found boats and crossed safely. 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 042


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c. 1936-1938




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