27/10/2013 by Don Quijones
This post is a special treat for all you history buffs out there. The following collection of videos tells the story of one of the worst civil wars of modern European history — a war which also served as a testing ground for the biggest, bloodiest global conflict of all human history.
Filmed in the aftermath of Franco’s death and featuring an impressive collection of first-hand accounts from people who fought on both sides of the conflict — nationalists, royalists, falangists, carlists, communists, syndicalists and anarchists, as well as members of the international brigades and the German and Italian armed forces — the documentary series is, to my mind, the most exhaustive audiovisual account that exists of the tragic events that befell Spain in the mid to late 1930s.
The series also serves as a timely reminder of the very real dangers posed by a crumbling economic edifice and rising social, political and geographic divisions. As Cervantes once wrote, “History is the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instructor of the present, and monitor to the future.”
1) The Prelude to Tragedy
2) Revolution, Counterrevolution and Terror
3) Background for Idealists
4) Franco and the Nationalists
5) Inside the Revolution
6) Victory and Defeat