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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
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
Significance of Spanish Civil War
Considered a prelude to WWII, this represented two conflicting ideologies, democratic-republicanism and fascism, and their rising tensions
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