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14. The Battle of the Ebro and the Deterioration of Conditions in the Rearguard

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The Battle of the Ebro lasted until 15 November. It was the longest and bloodiest battle of the war, and both sides suffered profound losses. General Rojo gave the unforgettable description of the battle from the perspective of the Republicans: 'The Battle of the Ebro was incredibly bloody; the fighting lasted three and a half months with only brief interruptions on land and none in the air. During the Battle of the Ebro, the situation in the Catalan rearguard worsened. The refugee problem, already severe, continued to grow with the arrival of a new wave of people coming from the rupture on the front: nearly forty thousand came from Aragon and more than one hundred and thirty thousand Catalans came from areas in Catalonia now occupied by Franco's army.

Keywords: Aragon; Catalonia; Franco's army; rearguard; The Battle of the Ebro



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