Brothers in Arms
The Spanish Civil War
The Spanish Civil War was a bitter conflict, which foreshadowed events to come in World War II. What started as a military coup against the democratically elected Spanish Republic in 1936, escalated as Franco’s Nationalist coalition drew support from Hitler and Mussolini. The Republicans, a bewildering mix of socialists, communists, anarchists and the idealistic International Brigades, received support from Stalin. In order to ensure a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy, Spain has spent the last three decades trying to sweep its civil war under the carpet.
Our 8 day tour begins in Toledo, where we retrace the Siege of the Alcazar - its relief exemplified both the clash of ideologies, and the endurance of the opposing sides. Visit the Casa de Campo, in Madrid, where the Republicans halted a Nationalist offensive in November 1936. Discover Teruel, where one of the decisive battles of the war was fought over the course of the coldest winter of the century. Pay homage to Catalonia, the once staunch Republican stronghold, who found its identity repressed under Franco’s dictatorship.
Guide Jason Webster, will be on hand to guide you through the complexities of the struggle, during this 80th Anniversary tour. Go further than the sites themselves, and explore the artists and poets - including Hemingway and Orwell - who followed their consciences to Spain to fight fascism…
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Historical Trips Tour Manager
- Meals - All meals included with water (wine with dinners)
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included