Spanish militia-women during the Spanish civil war 1936 FMLN guerrilas in El Salvador !980’s female IRA fighting British troops in northern Ireland 1970’s Mexican rebel Guerrillera in the Mexican Revolution 1910’s
“The raid on Guernica is unparalleled in military history. Guernica was not a military objective. A factory producing war material lay outside the town and was untouched. The object of the bombardment was seemingly the demoralization of the civil population and the destruction of the cradle of the Basque race.” – George L. Steer, The Times
Image taken from issue No. 10 (pub. Dec. 1993) of Montreal based anarchist publication entitled SAOIRSE. This image was used in a piece recounting personal stories from the front lines of the Spanish Civil War.
From what I can tell, this publication has long been out of print. I can’t find any further info about it online. If you have info, feel free to share it!
July 21, 1936, Mari Ginestà, 17, a member of the Juventudes Comunistas (Iberian Communist Youth), stands armed on the roof of the Colón hotel in Barcelona mere days into the Spanish revolution against Franco’s military coup.
The picture was taken by Juan Guzman (who was born Hans Gutmann in Germany before going to Spain where he photographed the International Brigades).
Comrade Marina Ginestà, Spanish Civil War militant, January 29, 1919 - January 6, 2014
“The death has occurred in Paris of Marina Ginestà, who was the subject of an iconic photo from the Spanish Civil War. Ginesta, who was 17 at the time the photo was taken, was a member of the Communist Youth in Barcelona. She died today aged 94.”
Marina Ginestà left Spain wounded at the end of the war and was treated in Montpellier before embarking into exile in the Dominican Republic, on a ship where she met her future first husband.
Again she had to flee in 1946 from the Dominican Republic, persecuted by the dictator Rafael Trujillo.