Battle of Almendralejo

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The Battle of Almendralejo was a battle and massacre in Almendralejo, Spain, in August 1936, during the first stages of the Spanish Civil War.


On 7 August 1936, the troops of General Francisco Franco, under the command of Gonzalo Queipo de Llano, entered Almendralejo and took the town. Upon the entrance of the troops, the Republican militiamen withdrew; forty of them holed up in the Tower of the Parish of the Purification (Torre de la Parroquia de la Purificación), whose profile dominates the surrounding countryside. Military staff then decided to set fire to the parish and shell the tower with a cannon installed in the Fuente La Negra, in order to force the Republicans to surrender.[1]

Roughly 1,000 civilians were killed.[1] The Republicans resisted until 15 August 1936.[2]


  1. ^ a b Wyden, Peter (January 1986). The Passionate War: The Narrative History of the Spanish Civil War. Simon & Schuster. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-671-25331-8. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Hugh Thomas, The Spanish Civil War, (Spanish edn.) p. 404