Monday, 18 July 2016

80 Years Ago Today...



... The Spanish Civil War began as Spaniards awoke to discover that in the late afternoon of the preceding day and overnight, the military had seized control of key locations within Spain's Moroccan Protectorate. Military and reactionary forces on the Spanish Mainland joined the planned coup during the course of the 18th and 19th of July 1936, resulting in almost three years of Civil War, followed by 36 years of rule by a right-wing military junta headed by General Franco.

Anyone who has read this blog will be aware of my abiding interest in the Spanish Civil War and indeed Spain itself. I have today launched an additional blog, which while specifically dedicated to the Spanish Civil War, will also encompass the earlier Rif War (1921-27) in Morocco in addition. It will take time to transfer content from here to there and to be honest there is not much to see there right now, but it's here anyway:

¡A Las Armas! 

This process will of course mean that all Spanish Civil War content will be removed from this blog over time to its new home, where it will be edited and re-presented before posting. Obviously this might be sort of 'money for old rope' in one sense, but as with anything we learn as we go on and discover new and more accurate information as we progress with any interest.

As for Arlequín's World, it will continue as my main blog relating to my somewhat varied interests aside from the Spanish Civil War. Time and circumstance has been against me recently, so not much has been going on. Nevertheless as you can see the blog has had a face lift and before long it will be business as usual here.

One of a series of interesting merges of Civil War photos with present day ones, which can be found here. Bilbao armoured cars are shown on the streets of Madrid on the 18th or possibly the 19th July 1936. 
I would like to take the opportunity here to thank those of you who have continued to follow my varied mumblings and of course I wish a warm welcome to those new followers I've acquired more recently.