IT’S A FORGOTTEN WAR. But its legacy lives on, affecting the lives of thousands of families.

Between Two Fires could not be more timely. This important book throws fresh light on a bitter guerrilla conflict which raged years after Spain’s Civil War and went largely unreported during the long years of dictatorship.

Attempts have been made — through the Ley de la Memoria Histórica — to heal some of the lingering wounds but this has only succeeded in exacerbating the fierce debate. Passions still flare when the Franco years are recalled.

Between Two Fires is the first book in English to examine the subject in depth. It throws fresh light on that desperate rebellion, which raged during the 1940s and 1950s

Scouring official archives from Seville and Barcelona to London and Washington, journalist and author David Baird has sought to dig out the true story behind the anti-Franco resistance movement. For more than five years he travelled across Spain, seeking out survivors and checking official and unofficial archives.

The result is his acclaimed book, Between Two Fires — Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras. In the words of noted British historian Paul Preston: “As exciting as any thriller, yet deeply moving, it deserves to be read by everyone concerned with the history of contemporary Spain.” 

This is the true story of what happens when humble country folk find themselves in the front line in a secret war. Leading the guerrillas against Franco’s Civil Guard was a legendary figure, Roberto, a veteran of the Civil War and the French Resistance, charismatic but doomed.

Guerrilleros, villagers, Civil Guards give a moving account of bloodshed and betrayal,  courage and heroism. Little did they know that as the guerrilla war raged, politicians as far apart as London and Moscow were pulling the strings.

Check this Maroma Press website for more details and how to order this book, which in the words of Lorca biographer Ian Gibson “throws an intense light on an epic struggle”.

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