Thursday, July 20, 2006

70 years ago - 2

'In Granada, General Miguel Campins stayed loyal to the Republic...' Some colonels set the rising in motion. Campins was arrested on 20 July 1936 and shot later 'for having opposed the "movimiento salvador de España".' (Beevor, 2006, P75)

Later we are told, 'most of those who continued to serve the government, including seven generals and an admiral, were shot on the grounds of "rebellion".' (P88) What Beevor calls 'this remarkable reversal of definitions' reminds one of Henry VII, who is supposed to have backdated the start of his reign to one day before the battle of Bosworth, so that he could convict those who fought for the king of treason...

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