A Military History of Modern Spain: From the Napoleonic Era to the International War on Terror
This volume traces the course of Spanish military history, primarily during the 20th century. Chapter 1 provides the foundation for the role of the Spanish Army at home (the War of Independence [Napoleonic War], the Carlist Wars, and pronunciamientos), abroad (Morocco, 1859-60), and as an instrument for Liberal reforms in Spain. Chapter 2 covers the period following the Spanish-American War as the Army redirected its focus to the Spanish Protectorate in northern Morocco. This chapter covers the Rif Rebellion (1921-27), the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera (1923-30) and concludes with the end of the monarchy and the establishment of the 2nd Republic in 1931. Chapters 3 and 4 present the two armies of the Spanish Civil War, as well as their relationship to the warring factions of Nationalists and Republicans. Chapter 5 looks at the Spanish Army during World War II on the Eastern Front (Russia), in its overseas colonies, as well as in Spain. De-colonialism is covered in chapter 6 as Spain, following the lead of the other European powers, began to shed itself of its African empire. Chapter 8 charts Spain's integration into the Western defense community in the 1950s, its membership in NATO, and its participation in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions in the Balkans and the Middle East. Chapter 9 focuses on Spain's struggle against terrorism, both the domestic Basques of ETA (Fatherland and Liberty) and the newer conflict against al-Qaeda and radical Islamic fundamentalism.
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Rather than pressing forward and broadening the scope of the offensive , field
officers allowed their troops to be tied down by the vastly outnumbered
Nationalists who were doggedly defending nearby villages . Above all , this
allowed the ...
Only two days before Santander fell to the Nationalists , some 75,000 Republican
troops were sent into action on an 80–100 kilometer front . The heaviest fighting
took place in and around the villages of Belchite and Quinto . In Belchite , fierce ...
Inside Teruel , conditions were rapidly deteriorating for the Republican troops ,
most of whom were cold and hungry and desperately short of supplies . By
February 20 , 1938 , the Republicans faced certain encirclement and were thus
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Foreword by Stanley G Payne
The Spanish Army 18981931
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