Spanish Civil War Postcard 059


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a group of soldiers running from a train under attack. There are two visible explosions occurring on the train. In the background, there are tanks and hills.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "215 Loyalists Abandon Armored Train Under Fire In the afternoon of April 28, 1938, the weather cleared and about 20 Loyalist tanks and an armored train were sighted by Rebel warships, at a point where the railway crosses the coastal highway between Alcala and Alcocebre stations. Immediately the Rebels began shelling these mechanized units and caused the Loyalists to abandon the tanks and the train in a panicky retreat. Wrecked by an armor-piercing shell from one of the warships' guns, the train became a helpless target for the continuing fire. (Credit for the first use of the armored train has been given to Admiral Fisher of the British Navy who, in 1882, covered a locomotive with boiler plate and equipped cars, similarly protected with machine guns, and put them into effective use. The rapidity with which the train can change its base of action make it difficult to hit. But once wrecked it becomes helpless.) 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. Print in U.S.A."


Spanish Civil War Postcard 059


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




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