WWII (Spanish Civil War)

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Loyalists

supplementing this, republican, side were 52,000 volunteers from around the world, notably including the American unit, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, as well as personnel sent by Soviet dictator Stalin

Fascists

this side, led by Francisco Franco, received aid from Hitler and Mussolini to help overthrow the existing Spanish government

Neutrality Act of 1937

Although FDR supported the Loyalists, his hands were tied by this act, which forbade shipments to the belligerents in the Spanish Civil War

Fascism wins

Outcome of the Civil War, the same year WWII breaks out in 1939

Significance of Spanish Civil War

Considered a prelude to WWII, this represented two conflicting ideologies, democratic-republicanism and fascism, and their rising tensions

Francisco Franco

Leader of the fascists overthrowing the government

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