"Between Two Fires" is an account of the struggle between the Maquis and the Guardia Civil in the mountains surrounding Frigiliana. After the Spanish Civil War, many people who had opposed the Franco regime faced either death or imprisonment. Some of them had no alternative but to escape to the mountains to continue resisting the Franco regime. The Guardia Civil were given carte blanche by Franco to eliminate the guerilla army at any cost. One major complication was that the Maquis had no alternative other than to obtain food and supplies from the civilian population, which resulted in an almost impossible situation for the villagers who had to go into the mountains to earn a living.
The first part of the book is a normal historical description of the events that took place between the end of the civil war and the end of armed resistance in 1952. The second part of the book is a series of interviews with many of the protagonists, participants and ordinary people who were alive at this time.
This is an excellent book for anyone who would like to understand the Spanish Civil War and its immediate aftermath. The eye witness interview style is an excellent way of looking at history through many different perspectives.
In hindsight, we can see that it was futile to resist the Franco regime and that the misery and suffering of the post war years was made even more unbearable by the added complication of having a guerilla war. Click here to Buy this book on Amazon USA - Between Two Fires-Guerrilla war in the Spanish sierras
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