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The Spanish Civil WarRevolution and Counterrevolution$
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Burnett Bolloten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469624464

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624464.001.0001

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Soviet Officers, Journalists, and Diplomats

Soviet Officers, Journalists, and Diplomats

(p.306) 31 Soviet Officers, Journalists, and Diplomats
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter details Soviet activities in Spain during the Civil War and the resulting political headaches suffered by Largo Caballero given his relations with the Communists. Soviet advisers operated independently from the Spanish air and war ministries, enjoying an autonomy that's dwarfed in scope by the growth of Communist influence in the armed forces, particularly in the central zone. Here the presence of Soviet officers, the marked favoritism shown to the Communists in the distribution of arms and supplies from Russia, the intrepid role of the International Brigades, their superior efficiency, as well as that of the Spanish Communist units, all helped to swell the influence of the party and attract an imposing number of regular army officers.

Keywords:   Francisco Largo Caballero, Communists, Soviet officers, Russia, Communist influence, armed forces, Soviet autonomy, International Brigades

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