- Battle of Mérida
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Mérida
Spanish Civil War
date=August 10-11, 1936
combatant1=flagicon|Spain|1931 Spanish Republic
combatant2=flagicon|Spain|1939 Nationalist Spain
commander1=Captain Carlos Rodríguez Medina [ESPINOSA, Francisco. "La columna de la muerte. El avance del ejercito franquista de Sevilla a Badajoz." Editoríal Crítica. Madrid. 2003. Pagina 53]
Heli Rolando de Tella
The Nationalist army under
ColonelAsensio, assembled at Sevillewith German and Italian help, began its lightning drive northward on August 2in trucks supplied by General Queipo de Llano. MajorCastejón followed with a second column on August 3.
Asensio raced north, smashing through fierce Republican resistance
August 6. The next day, the Army of Africa captured the village of Almendralejo after a bloody struggle that decimated both sides. The Republicans retreated north to nearby Mérida, while the Nationalists waited for Castejón.
The Republican militia made another stand on the
Guadiana, several kilometers south of Mérida, on August 10. Asensio pushed forward and captured the bridge, then swept across the river and captured the city. The militia retreated rather than risk encirclement. General Juan Yagüethen arrived to take command of the Nationalist army.
Yagüe next moved east against
Badajozwith Asensio and Castejón, leaving a detachment under Lieutenant ColonelTella to hold Mérida. On August 11, the Republican militia reappeared with a strong contingent of "Asaltos" and "Guardia Civil" from Madrid. The Republicans attacked and were beaten by Tella's professional Legionnaires.
Meanwhile, Yagüe's contingent took Badajoz by storm.
* [http://www.balagan.org.uk/war/iberia/1936/la_marcha.htm La Marcha: The Drive on Madrid]
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