Friday Picture (s) Spanish Civil War


Two extraordinary and contrasting images from the Folio Society edition of Hugh Thomas’ comprehensive history, ‘The Spanish Civil War.’

Above is a picture of the jailed Catalan government in May 1935. Amongst those staring at the camera from behind bars, Lluís Companys is third from left.

The image below is much earlier – from 1926 – and is just as surprising. It shows a young General Franco singing with members of the Spanish Foreign Legion.


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