Spain under bombs: 'testing ground' for WWII

The town of Corbera D'Ebre destroyed by bombs during the Spanish civil war, on May 16, 2016Teenager Angel Bertran had just gone out to work in fields of hazelnut trees when Spain’s civil war burst into his small town with the arrival of Nazi bomber planes. Bertran, then just 15, was heading to the countryside outside Benasal, a town of around 1,000 residents in the eastern province of Castellon where a mountain range separates Spain’s Mediterranean coast from its central plains. Photographs from the time show entire blocks of Benasal reduced to rubble, the dome and roof of the baroque church blown open.

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