Italian Air Force Bombs Barcelona

The Italian Air Force conducts a bombing campaign in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War
The Italian Air Force conducts a bombing campaign in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War

Historical Context

By 1938, Spain's vicious civil war had begun to reach its close, with the Nationalist forces making important gains across Spain. By the middle of the year Barcelona was cut off from Madrid and it was clear the Republicans could not win the war.

Foreign involvement in the war was important from the beginning. Just as Adolf Hitler had thrown his Condor Legion into action to help Francisco Franco, his fascist Italian allies under Benito Mussolini had done the same.

By 1939 the war was over and Franco would rule Spain for another thirty years.

Photo Info


Photographer: Italian Air Force
Date taken: March 17, 1938
Location taken: Barcelona, Spain

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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