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    Film of the massacre at Badajoz by nationalist forces.

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    Spain. Guardia Civil patrol town. Film of the massacre at Badajoz by nationalist forces. Shot by Pathé cameraman René Brut.

    Sequence of quick shots from areas in Spanish Civil War. Views over rooftops of a town, signs of damage on some roofs. Broken window with slogan 'Viva Espana' painted on it. (Nationalist slogan). Dead body lies by the roadside. Crashed or shot down fighter plane in town centre. A crowd have gathered around it. Crashed or shot up cars. People sit outside building, possibly wounded.

    Long row of corpses. Pan along row of charred / burnt bodies. Shots of people - mainly in uniform - shot by firing squad. The wall behind them is marked with bullet holes. Several CUs of corpses faces. Some shots repeat.

    Troops walk past camera. More shots of bodies by roadside. Shots of shot down plane. Troops and children wave at the camera.

    Shots of damage to Church tower and building. Pan across rooftops. More damaged buildings and cars.

    Yet more dead bodies, these ones are in civilian clothes. More shots of bomb / artillery damage. A shell lies in the midst of the rubble. More shots of the dead civilians.

    Dead body lies in midst of rubble - possibly in a burnt church. More views around village. Troops gathered around building. Some of them seem to be looking through captured weapons.

    N.B. The shots of the dead bodies are very graphic and need to be treated with some care. Original material for 36/71 'Troubled Spain'. Dupe in UN 51 R. Fine Grain in UN 94 F.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:29:00 / 01:13:38:00
    UN 51 R

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  1. Unknown user says

    The film records the crimes of the Franco fascists in Extramadura. These scenes by Pathe cameraman Rene Brut are of Almendralejo/ Badajoz after they had been captured by Franco's columns late August 1936. See Paul Preston "The Spanish Holocaust" Harper Press (2012) pgs 309-323. Preston states pg 309: "According to contemporary press reports, more then one thousand people...were shot...local historians investigating the repression during occupation and the following three months have been able to confirm the names of over 400 men and of 16 women but conclude that the number of both sexes executed was certainly much higher."
    pg 322: "On 17th of August, the cameraman Rene Brut of Pathe News reels arrived and was able to film piles of bodies for which an act of courage he was later imprisoned and threatened with death by the insurgent authorities." See also Civil,Extremadura,Imagenes.pdf for some shot by shot analysis.

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  2. Ramón.palacios says

    Indeed these images correspond to the terrible events that happened in Spain in August 1936. We can see the slaughter of Badajoz, where thousands of people were killed by the army of Franco. The destroyed church corresponds to the Parish of the Purificación, in Almendralejo, that was bombed by nacionalist troops because several snipers were entrenched in the tower. You can also see Almendralejo jail, where many innocent people were burned alive by the communist hordes.

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