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Saluting kid, German troops and General Franco…

Saluting kid, German troops and General Franco right after the end of the Spanish Civil War. Leon . 1939.

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Spanish civil war: republican militiaman on gu…

Spanish civil war: republican militiaman on guard in a confessor looted from a church in Madrid. Between 1936 and 1939

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Spanish Civil War, Republican militia German v…

Spanish Civil War, Republican militia German volunteer Liesel Carritt, September 1936. Colourised.

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A woman walks past a Republican T-26 Model 193…

A woman walks past a Republican T-26 Model 1933 light tank knocked out during the Battle of Teruel during the Spanish Civil War – December 1937

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Spanish Civil War, Republican Volunteers, Barc…

Spanish Civil War, Republican Volunteers, Barcelona 1936. Colourised.

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Remember the Alamo!

The real name of the mission where the famous battle happened during the Mexican-American War is 

San Antonio de Valero. But it has always been known by its nickname, Alamo. Where did that come from? Well, there are two competing theories.

Did you know that “alamo” is the Spanish word for “cottonwood”? One theory says that when the  Spanish missionaries came to the spot in central Texas where they would locate the mission, they were struck by the lushness of the land and a grove of cottonwood trees growing nearby along the San Antonio River.

The second, competing theory, says the name came not from trees, but from a Spanish battalion of soldiers who were stationed at the mission after it was abandoned by missionaries. The battalion was named the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras. No “alamo” in there. But the soldiers were originally from a small town called San Jose y Santiago del Alamo, in Coahuila, Mexico. Eventually that very long name got shortened, to La Compañía del Alamo, or just El Alamo.

Neither theory has been proven absolutely. Which do you prefer?

CNT-FAI anarchist militiamen perched on a trac…

CNT-FAI anarchist militiamen perched on a tractor in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. August 28, 1936.

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Republican militiamen with homemade artillery …

Republican militiamen with homemade artillery made out of agricultural machinery, Spanish Civil War, 1936.

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Three soldiers of the Spanish Civil War via re…

Three soldiers of the Spanish Civil War

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An ABC correspondent interviews the son of a S…

An ABC correspondent interviews the son of a Spanish soldier killed during the defence of Bu Ermana, August 1921

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