Guernica – 26 April 1937

Posted on April 25th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

The people in the medieval Basque town of Guernica were bombed and machine-gunned by German and Italian warplanes on 26 April 1937.

The German and Italian planes had attacked Guernica at the behest of General Franco, the leader of the Spanish Nationalist forces.

As the Archive contains 100s of newspaper reports about the atrocity at Guernica, we thought we’d commemorate the day by posting one of these reports.

historical newspaper story about guernica

Western Times – Friday 30 April 1937

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

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