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The People's Army in the Spanish Civil War (Hardback)

A Military History of the Republic and International Brigades 1936–1939

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By Alexander Clifford
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 315
Illustrations: 30
ISBN: 9781526760920
Published: 22nd January 2020

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An article written by the author for Dan Snow's History Hit: 'Why did the Republicans lose the Spanish Civil War?'

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Why did the Spanish Republic lose the Spanish Civil War – and could the Republic have won? These are the key questions Alexander Clifford addresses in this in-depth study of the People’s Army and the critical battles of Brunete, Belchite and Teruel. These battles represented the Republic’s best chance of military success, but after bitter fighting its forces were beaten back. From then on the Republic, facing the superior army of Franco and the Nationalists, aided by Germany and Italy, faced inevitable defeat.

This tightly focused and perceptive account of the military history of the Republic and its army is fascinating reading. As well as providing a broad overview of the strategy and tactics of the People’s Army and its Nationalist opponents, Alexander Clifford quotes vivid eyewitness testimony to give the reader a direct insight into the experience of the front-line soldiers on both sides during these three critical battles. Their recollections reveal to the reader what it was like to fight in the scorching heat of the plains around Brunete, in the shattered streets of Belchite – still ruined to this day – and in the frozen hills of Teruel.

The best English language review of the Republican campaigns during the Spanish Civil War. The author has presented a convincing review of campaigns and the contribution of the International Brigade. – Very Highly Recommended.

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Firetrench

I believe Alex’s The People’s Army in the Spanish Civil War is exceptional, it is accessible in that it spans the divide between academic and populist publications. It can be read by anyone as the History teacher here presents the information in a way that is clear, but challenging. The chapter structure and style of writing make the reading of this volume a pleasure, the chapters are distinct units, part of a larger unit, one has the feeling of fulfilment on reaching the end of a chapter. It is usual to impose a qualification on recommendation, limiting the recommendation to a particular grouping of people. In this case this would be unnecessary, for experts on, and novices too, the topic will get something from this publication

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The Battlefields Trust

Alexander Clifford has written a closely-detailed account of military aspects of the war in Spain. The facts of how each side was armed are essential for an understanding of what helped or hindered their activities. And the nature of the war was often shaped by political concerns, so they have relevance to what the soldiers did. His book is a useful addition to the vast library about what happened in Spain in the 1930s, It has notes, a bibliography, and an interesting appendix by Freddy Clifford about the different weapons used by combatants on both sides of the conflict.
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Jim Burns, The Penniless Press, 2020

The People’s Army in the Spanish Civil War is exceptional, it is accessible in that it spans the divide between academic and populist publications. It can be read by anyone as the History teacher here presents the information in a way that is clear, but challenging. The chapter structure and style of writing make the reading of this volume a pleasure, the chapters are distinct units, part of a larger unit, one has the feeling of fulfilment on reaching the end of a chapter. It is usual to impose a qualification on recommendation, limiting the recommendation to a particular grouping of people. In this case this would be unnecessary, for experts on, and novices to, the topic will get something from this publication.

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Tony Fox, The Battlefields Trust, March 2020

Author interview on War Scholar

War Scholar

It is well written and offers a different perspective on the Spanish Civil War. A worthy addition to the extensive literature on this conflict.

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Balkan Wargamer

About Alexander Clifford

Alexander Clifford is a history teacher by profession who has studied at the universities of Leeds, Munich and Northumbria, and is an expert on the Spanish Civil War. His previous publications include a study of the Republican army, The People’s Army in the Spanish Civil War: A Military History of the Republic and International Brigades 1936-1939, as well as Divided We Fall, an interactive novel app set in the civil war.

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