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Examine the impact of foreign intervention on the Spanish Civil War

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´╗┐Examine the impact of foreign intervention on the Spanish Civil War Foreign intervention played a significant role in influencing the ultimate outcome of the Spanish Civil War. One of the main reasons why the Republicans were defeated was due to the extent that foreign powers provided the Nationalists with weapons, soldiers, military advisers and economic support. On another note, the establishment of the Non-Intervention Committee, which was signed by Britain, France and the United States, banned international support, apart from the International Brigades and the USSR, reaching the Republicans, thus, the unbalanced situation between the two fronts amplified the support the Nationalists were achieving from Germany and Italy. In the following, I shall analyse the significance of foreign intervention on the Spanish Civil War and to what extend did it affect the ultimate outcome of the war. Both the Republicans and the Nationalists were being supported by foreign powers during the period 1936 to 1939 in the Spanish Civil War. As aforementioned, although foreign support was received on both fronts, there was an unbalance of foreign support. ...read more.

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The unbalance of foreign intervention was caused by the fact that both Germany and Italy provided great amount of support: men, tanks and aircrafts. The involvement of the most modern aircraft and the Condor Legion services, which was Hitler?s best fighting force, further catalyzed the ultimate defeat of the Republicans. Hence, several historians have noted the supply of the German Condor Legion, most notably the bombing of Geurnica as the most efficient and influential assistance in the Spanish Civil War. In addition, although France was determined to participate in the civil war as well, Britain urged her ally that the establishment of the Non-Intervention Committee in the key to prevent an outspread European War. Hence, the formation of the Non-Intervention Committee, which was signed by Britain, France and the United States, prevented resources from reaching the Republicans, hence, in an indirect manner, the weakening of the Republicans led to the Nationalists being strengthened. Furthermore, although Germany and Italy had also signed the agreement, supplies were still sent to the Nationalists, which increased the power of the Nationalists as it provided them with an unlimited amount of resources and support for the Nationalists. ...read more.

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support from foreign powers for the Republicans led to a weak front, leading to its ultimate defeat at the end of the civil war. To conclude, the role of foreign intervention led to an unbalanced of power between the two fronts, which played a critical part in the ultimate defeat of the Republicans. It should also be noted that, obviously, powers such as Germany, Italy and the USSR provided its support by being involved in the fighting and battles of the civil war, yet, the endeavours of Britain and the United States also played a vital role in the war as well, as it indirectly strengthened the Nationalists and weakened the Republicans. The unbalance of forces stems from the formation of the Non-Intervention Committee, it prohibited international support from reaching the Republicans, apart from the USSR and the International Brigades. Furthermore, the Nationalists were supported by various international powers, namely, Germany, Italy and the United States. The unlimited supply of soldiers, armaments and oil for the aircrafts and tanks provided by its foreign powers allowed the Nationalists to fight more effectively, and ultimately capture Madrid on March 1939, the defeat of the Republicans. ...read more.

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