The Evacuation of Basque Children
May 9, 2012 6:42 PM Subscribe
Around 4.30pm on April 26, 1937, a joint squadron of 23 German and Italian planes appeared in the skies over the historic, and undefended, Basque town of Gernika. Over the next five hours they would drop a total of 22 tons of high explosives and incendiary devices that would burn for days, destroying 70 percent of the town, and killing and wounding 1,600 people - around a third of the population.
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Following the attack, thousands of children
were evacuated from the Basque country.
The Guardian's report of the bombing from the 28th of April 1937 has been scanned
. The website of the Basque Children of '37 Association
documents the experience of the evacuees in Britain.