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The Martyrdom of Madrid - inedited witnesses
Madrid 1937 - pp 47. Frontis - Reproduction of a manuscript page by Louis Delaprée (page 18 of this pamphlet). Vivid account of the bombing from land and air of the civilian population of Madrid by rebel Franco forces and the German Condor Legion. Author was a journalist with "Paris-Soir". On his return journey to France 2 December 1936, the French plane on which he was travelling was shot down and Delaprée killed. His killing gave rise to a number of conspiracy theories as to why a French plane was brought down. Originally written in Frenc, the English translation dates from January 1937. In places it is obvious that the unknown translator's first language was not English. The following undated report gives a flavour of the author's detailed accounts: '5.30 p.m. - Another shell of great caliber hits the corner of the Central, stabs through all over the windows and wounds deadly two passengers. The poor wretch(sic) are carried to the hall of my hotel, placed just in front and are stretched out on the arm-chairs. Their blood flows on the flagging. Those who go to and fro walk on the puddles. Bloody soles are impressed alternatively on the white and black square tiles, like some baneful signs on a chess-board.' Internally, booklet is in very good condition - light wear/soiling to wraps. Small crease to top left corner of back cover and small tear to bottom edge of front cover. A very scarce publication. Shipping charge will be waived at processing stage. Images available on request. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Geata Buidhe - Yellow Gate - Books]
Last Found On: 2015-03-06           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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