|There is no certainty about the objective of the bombardment of Guernica which is located about 30 kilometers east of Bilbao, where, during the bombing, about 120 people were killed in a city of 6,000 inhabitants. |
Guernica lacked strategic military importance in the war between the Nationals and Republicans. At first there was speculation that the air operation was aimed at destroying a weapons factory and a bridge or the Tree of Guernica which symbolizes basque´s nationalist and democratic tradition but none of them was hit by the bombs that rained down on the population.
Today, few people remember the horror of living in Guernica that Monday 75 years ago. Franco had no interest in preserving the ruins of the population as an anti-militarist monument. The town was completely rebuilt and the population increased again to reach a total of over 18,000 inhabitants.
|Dr. Margaux Lecercle |
5 May, 2020
|Some experts argue that this work had already been inspired by a book by Ernest Hemingway.|
|Guernica (Vizcaya), Spain April 26, 1937 PABLO PICASSO INMORTALIZED IT IN HIS ANTIWAR PICTURE "GUERNICA"|
The hell commenced on the afternoon of April 26, 1937. Quite unexpectedly, at 16:30 hours, the first German bomber to run such a brutal order appeared in the sky of the small Basque town of Guernica. The order was to reduce the northern Spanish town to rubble and cause as many deaths as possible, including women and children.
The relatively low number of casualties is due, according to historians, to the shelter system for the civilian population that had been built in the Basque town after the bombing of the nearby town of Ochandiano.
Some sources state that Hitler wanted to use this small Spanish war scenario to prepare the German air force for war on a global scale.
|(Until the 1970s Franco didn't admit that Germany had participated in the attack).|
|(there are those, however, who actually believe that about 2,000 people were killed since many didn't arrive at shelters).|
|(I recognize that this hypothesis makes no sense, but |
it IS only a hypothesis).
Author : johandark
Translation by : oogamishiguma
Original Language: Español
Releasing pace: Monday, Wednesday , Friday
Type : manga
Genre : Fantasy - SF