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In Pictures: Spanish Civil War

How a brutal three-year conflict inspired international uproar and ushered in a new era of fascism

IN SPANISH CIVIL WAR

TEENAGE REBEL Marina Ginestà, a 17-year-old Republican translator and photographer, poses with a rifle on the rooftop terrace of Barcelona’s Hotel Colón
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Franscisco Franco marched into Madrid on 28 March 1939, following a two-year siege on the city. After a failed coup descended into one of the most devastating civil wars in history, his right-wing Nationalist rebels had prevailed against the Spanish Republican government. The raising of the white flag that day, after up to a million Spaniards had been killed, signalled the start of a 40-year fascist dictatorship.

HEARTS AND MINDS LEFT: A Republican poster claims that winning the war was the top priority for the left-wing coalition ABOVE: Fascist stylings are visible on this propaganda image, celebrating ‘great freedom’
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