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J ‘The Battle of the Ebro’, La Humanitat, 30 July 1938

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The battle of the Ebro would be the longest battle of the Spanish Civil War. A newspaper article chronicles the crossing of the Ebro by the Republicans during the first days of the offensive. The Ebro River, with its hanging bridges and its banks guarded by rifles and protected by machine gun nests hidden in the underbrush, had interrupted the enormous struggle in March in the sector from Mequinenza to Amposta. The banks of the river were covered with rifles and outstretched arms that dragged boats and latched the cables for the hanging bridges. In this task, one had to fight with alert senses, because the difficulties were enormous. One of them, the first, was there, in the river itself, not at all easy to cross in the rush of the attack and with rapidly improvised methods for crossing.

Keywords: battle of the Ebro; Spanish Civil War



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