Spain’s army rose up against its left-wing Republican government in July 1936. The civil war that ensued is often viewed as a precursor to the Second World War for the way it sucked in the wider international community. In July 2006, best-selling military historian Antony Beevor talked to David Musgrove about the conflict
Ninety five years on from the First World War battle where many thousands of soldiers died, Gary Sheffield, professor of war studies at the University of Birmingham, explains what British generals learnt from the bloodbath
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