Spanish Civil War Postcard 045


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a group of cartoon men in masked uniforms using flamethrowers to attack soldiers. The background is full of dark smoke and flames.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "166 Liquid-Fire-Throwers Burn Way thru Loyalists As the sun went down on April 12, 1938, Rebel fire-throwers opened a flame-belching offensive east of Morella, heaping Loyalist barricades with charred bodies. Foreign brigades wearing grotesque fire-proof suits manned the nozzles squirting liquid fire, causing heavy losses among the Government troops. (Liquid fire is a highly inflammable oil, ignited from a blow pipe. Gas is used to eject the oil which then bursts into flame. It is believed that the asbestos suits used were the same type garments as were recently provided for fire-fighters on German liners, elaborately equipped with oxygen apparatus.) The fire was used when the Loyalists refused to give themselves up after repeated tank attacks and air bombardments. Many Loyalists at first braved the flames, but, unprotected as they were, quickly fell into a retreat. 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 045


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archive



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