Exactly 70 years ago today the Condor Squadron bombed the Spanish city of Guernica out of existence……
“Guernica, city with 5,000 residents,” the commander of the Condor Legion, Wolfram von Richthofen, noted curtly in his journal, “has been literally razed to the ground. Bomb craters can be seen in the streets. Simply wonderful.” Not a word was written about the hundreds of dead.
April 26, 1937 was a Monday, a market day. Thousands of people were out on the streets of the Basque town of Guernica when around 4:30 in the afternoon, the bells suddenly began ringing. Air raid alarm! The first airplane appeared on the horizon, a German Heinkel 111 bomber — in the cockpit was Lieutenant Rudolf von Moreau. When he was over the city center, von Moreau opened his bomb bay doors — and death rained down on the city.
We must know history to avoid making the same mistakes……chuq