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I'd like to present here, in graphic form, one of the Diesel Era most dramatic pages.

Civil War in Spain (July 17, 1936 - April 1, 1939) was by no means an internal conflict - both sides, loyalist Republicans and rebellious Nationalists, were supported by foreign powers, accusing each other of being "puppets" in the hands of, respectively, Soviet Union and Germany/Italy. Nor it was a minor conflict - in less than three years, the war claimed about half a million human lives.

You can read a good overview of the Civil War here. For our Network, I prepared a number of posters, mostly Republican, some of them quite surprising.

Arturo Ballester. No Victory Without Discipline. (Socialist Workers' Party, 1936)

Lienas. Socialism is Liberation (Worker's Party of Marxist Unification, 1936)

Tomas, November 7, 1936

J. Huertas, Stay alert! (Socialist Coalition of Madrid, 1937)

Josep Renau, Today more than ever, Victory. (1937)

Jose Bardasano. Communist Propaganda. 1937

Don't forget we are at war! (Government of Catalonia, 1937)

I. Sanchis. Enlist! (Republican Union, 1937)

Les-Barquet. FAI Fights for Humanity. (FAI - Iberian Anarchist Federation, 1937)

For Spain. One, Great and Free. (Nationalist poster, ca. 1937)

Spain. One, Great and Free vs Anarchists. (Nationalist poster, ca. 1937)

J. Cabanas. To Arms, for the Country, Bread and Justice. (Nationalist poster, 1938)

Babiano. Culture is a weapon to fight against fascism. (United Socialist Youth, 1936)

J. Briones. The Republican Left Thank the Russian People for Help.

Internationalists, unite with Spanish people. (International Brigades, 1937)

Artigas. To Defeat Him, We Need Discipline. (Trade Unions, Barcelona, 1937)

Oliver. The claw of the Italian invader. (Madrid City Council, 1937)

Parrilla. All peoples of the world are in the International Brigades. (1937)

Cantos. July 18, 1938

And You? (Unified Socialist Party / General Union of Workers, Catalonia, 1938)

Two pairs (sorry, it was inevitable):

Teach Your Comrade to Read (International Brigades, 1937) and...

... Triplex by A.M. Cassandre, 1930

Arturo Ballester. Hail to the Heroes. (National Confederation of Labor) and...

Attend the Olympics with Lufthansa by Ludwig Hohlwein, 1936 (via paul.malon @ Flickr)

International Solidarity with the Republic:

French poster by Paul Colin...

... and British, by Edward McKnight Kauffer.

Bitter finale:

Evacuate Madrid by Canavate.


Flas. Subsidies for the (Nationalist) veterans. 1940

More posters @ my Flickr Photostream

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Comment by lord_k on August 13, 2012 at 3:24pm

No good, right. Civil war especially.

Comment by John L. Sands on April 4, 2012 at 9:12am

I taste cold Toledo steel as I burst into buildings with my dagger in my teeth! Spectacular, Lord_k. This collection is museum quality.

Comment by Timothy W. Nieberding on April 3, 2012 at 3:06pm

Actually, I find these sad.  So many atrocities on both sides.   George Orwell based 1984 on his experiences there, especially with the ascendancy of the pro-soviet factions at the expense of others.  Also anarchism in Spain took on a very violent form, repressive in its own right.   In many ways Spain was the epicenter of all that was ugly in modern ideological rivalry.   I used to idealize the Abraham Lincoln brigades, but they ended up supporting a movement almost as bad as the Nationalists. 

Comment by lord_k on April 3, 2012 at 7:51am

You're welcome.

Comment by Stefan on April 3, 2012 at 7:42am

You know how much I love these posters, Lord K. Thanks you so very much for this new set.

Comment by Kevin Copeland on April 2, 2012 at 5:01pm


Comment by lord_k on April 2, 2012 at 2:00pm

To Larry:

for a former anarcho-syndicalist like me, some of these posters really mean a lot.

Comment by Larry on April 2, 2012 at 12:14pm

Those are fantastic. Also, as most here know, I'm on the Far Left so very moving and inspirational to me.

Comment by Lejon Astray on April 2, 2012 at 11:37am

These aew amazing!

I feel compelled to rip up some cobblestones and build a barricade!

Comment by Komissar Hass on April 2, 2012 at 7:15am

very beautiful art. and the spirit is simply "glowing", forgive such non-canonical comparison.

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