Protecting a precious resource: Water management in madrid during the spanish civil war (1936-1939)

Santiago Gorostiza Langa, David Saurí Pujol

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Abstract

During the Spanish Civil War, the battle for the defense of Madrid attracted international attention. It was on the streets of the capital where the unprofessional republican troops first managed to stop the best units of the Spanish army, while German aircraft put into practice bombing tactics that would later use during World War II. The control of urban hydrogeography in Madrid played a key role in Republican resistance. The seizing of the reservoirs north of the city and the military use of underground water infrastructures gave significant strategic and tactical advantages to the defenders. We analyze the city water management during the war by focusing on Canales del Lozoya the company in charge of the servicing water to Madrid. © Santiago Gorostiza Langa y David Saurí Pujol, 2013.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScripta Nova
Volume17
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2013

Keywords

  • Environmental history
  • Madrid
  • Spanish civil war
  • Water management

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