Spanish civil war surely fits indeed. Germany sent the Condor Legion to fight with nationalist Spain, and they tested new tactics like carpet bombing for example. Italy and Portugal also sent volunteers to help nationalists, on the other hand Soviet Union provided material for Republican Spain. So it's closely related to WW2.
Today is 6th of June, important day concerning WW2 ! With the allied landing in Normandy of 1944.
I can't understand people saying that GER/ITA/PORTUGAL and USSR, their contribution to the civil war was about the same
I mean, ITA even sent their TROOPS
Spanish Civil was is such an interesting topic, since Spain was even more radical than France; anarchism, anti-clericalism, etc...
I've read a lot concerning the 2nd republic part(1931-6), Hugh Thomas, Anthony Beevor, Paul Preston, Stanley Payne..quite a polarizing topic, even in academic circles..Payne is more to the right, he focuses on the failure of the Left, and he recently panned Preston's recent book 'Holocaust' as an ultimate failure
For example, on CEDA (the biggest party of the Right, and which the gov leaders tried to block access to the gov, kinda reminds me of Nazi before the takeover), Payne commends their 'restraint', while Preston castigates the party leaders' colluding with the coup d'etat and their cynicism and wile.
For the plight of the peasants(probably the worst in all Europe, the landowners practically saw them as an inferior species :faecpalm: and tried REALLY hard to block reform and to starve them), while Preston spares a lot of space in his book, Payne says dryly 'their treatment was rather harsh'
That's basically all he says on that topic, he just generally relies on the overall economic statistics (well both author have respective merits I guess)
Of their 'bete noire'? Payne admits that his is Azana, the Republican(not exactly a Lefty, maybe middle-Left in political spectrum) leader during the Republic, and Preston's is of course Franco. He says that Franco DELIBERATELY delayed winning the war to exterminate the Republican forces fully. He even sacrificed the Italian troops for that end, the war of brutal attrition
Preston dissects the Rebels, Catholic leaders, landowners, the whole Right's bestial mentality (they blatantly aimed at the 'extermination' of the Left and their ideas, so I don't think the term Holocaust is that misleading..while some book reviewers and especially Payne castigates on the choice of the title