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Franco’s bloody finale

Paul Preston returns to the Spanish Civil War to describe in harrowing detail its brutal — and farcical — closing chapter

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

The Last Days of the Spanish Republic Paul Preston

William Collins, pp.390, £25, ISBN: 9780008163402

One afternoon in the early 1990s, an elderly gentleman from Alicante told me of the tragedy that had occurred at his city’s port on the last day of the Spanish Civil War. He pointed towards the docks and in a hurried whisper spoke of the many thousands of desperate Republicans who had gathered there at the end of March 1939, their eyes searching the horizon for the promised ships meant to carry them to safety abroad.

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