Spanish Civil War Postcard 052


Front of postcard (recto). Image of cartoon soldiers under attack. Five soldiers fire rifles and throw other weapons from a trench in the foreground. In the background, there is an explosion and a few men can be seen approaching the trench. There is a house and trees in the background.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "187 Rebels Halted with Flares and Grenades During the night of April 5, 1938, when Rebel bombers were unable to see their objectives, Loyalist militiamen made a counterattack at Tortosa and drove the Insurgent forces out of several positions conquered the day before in bitter hand-to-hand fighting. The Rebels' usual maneuver of surrounding a city before conquering it was wrecked during the night when wave after wave of these militiamen began throwing light flares to expose the enemy and then hand grenades to drive back Franco's units which had been reported at the very gates of the city. Artillery batteries were rushed to the area by the Government, both from the Madrid and Catalan fronts. The picture shows some of these light flares slowly descending on small parachutes shot out of Very guns. The effect of the light is one of dazzling brightness. (Very, after Lt. Samuel W. Very who invented it in 1877.) 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 052


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




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