List of foreign correspondents in the Spanish Civil War

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The following list of foreign correspondents in the Spanish Civil War is an alphabetical list of the large number of journalists and photographers who were in Spain at some stage of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). It only includes those who were specifically accredited as such, as opposed to writers who later wrote of their experiences, including Gustav Regler, George Orwell, and so on.

Foreign press coverage of the war was extensive, with around a thousand foreign newspaper correspondents working from Spain.[1]

Some journalists wrote for more than one newspaper and several papers had more than one journalist in Spain at the same time or at different times. In some cases, they were already seasoned war correspondents when they went to Spain. A few of them, such as Jay Allen, were already living in Spain when war broke out, and some of them, again like Allen, who wrote at various times for the Chicago Daily Tribune, News Chronicle, and The New York Times, wrote for more than one paper.

While some correspondents supported the rebel cause,[1] most notably William Carney, Edward Knoblaugh and H. R. Knickerbocker, according to the Hispanist Paul Preston, "The bulk of the reporters became so committed to the Republic, partly because of the horrible things they saw such as the bombing of civilians, but even more so because they felt that what was going on in Spain was everybody's fight."[2]

A case in point was that of Louis Delaprée, a Catholic correspondent sent to cover the rebel zone for Paris-Soir, who was killed as a result of his plane being shot down on his way back to Paris, furious at his newspaper not publishing his articles, as it clearly considered the "massacre of a hundred Spanish children is less interesting than a sigh from Mrs Simpson."[3]

Another, even more Catholic, correspondent was Noel Monks, an Australian journalist for the Daily Express, who had initially been sympathetic to Franco, wrote critically of the "so-called British experts" who would later visit Guernica and "deliver pompous judgements: 'Guernica was set on fire by the Reds,' My answer to them is unprintable... If the 'Reds' had destroyed Guernica, I for one could have blown the whole story... And how I would have blown it had it been true!"[4]























Photographers included Robert Capa, Gerda Taro (who died at Brunete in July 1937),[46] David Seymour, Hans Namuth, and Georg Reisner.[47] Major clients were photojournalistic magazines such as Vu, Life and Picture Post. Vu would be the first to publish Capa's famous photograph of Federico Borrell García, known as The Falling Soldier.[47] Three boxes containing 4,500 lost negatives taken by Taro, Capa, and Seymour during the war were rediscovered in 2007. The documentary film The Mexican Suitcase (2011) tells the story of the negatives, which are currently housed at the International Center of Photography in New York.[48]

Incidents involving correspondents[edit]

  • Gerda Taro dies on 26 July 1937, after an "accident" during the battle of Brunete, Spain
  • In December 1937, near Teruel, a shell exploded just in front of the car in which Kim Philby, The Times' accredited special correspondent with the Nationalist forces, was travelling with the correspondents Edward J. (Eddie) Neil of Associated Press, Bradish Johnson of Newsweek, and Ernest Sheepshanks of Reuters.[5] While Philby suffered only a minor head wound, Johnson was killed outright, and Neil and Sheepshanks soon died of their wounds.


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