By Herbert R. Southworth
Written by means of some of the most celebrated historians of the Spanish Civil battle, this booklet offers a desirable account of the origins of the conflict and the character and significance of conspiracy for the intense correct. in accordance with exhaustive learn, and written with lucidity and enormous humour, it acts as either a great advent to the titanic literature of the struggle, and a enormous contribution to that literature.
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114 The Spanish translation of excerpts of Document I used here does not correspond to any other known version,115 so we may suppose that in spite of the fact that in England in 1937 Jerrold claimed to have been quoting from copies of ‘plans [which] must have been for some months in the possession of the Salamanca Government’, his translators could not find the original in Salamanca and merely translated Jerrold’s translation back into Spanish. 116 On the other hand, the word ‘biblioteca’ used in paragraph numbered 8 of del Moral’s Document II, which was wrongly translated as ‘bookshop’ in del Moral’s English copy of Document III, but which was correctly translated into the English word ‘library’ by Jerrold, was, in Jerrold’s Spanish edition, turned into ‘librería’, the Spanish word for ‘bookshop’, that is the word mistakenly used by del Moral in his English version sent to the Foreign Office.
In this appendix he also reproduced a photographic copy of the Lora del Río document. In its fundamental contents, aspects and details, Loveday’s Appendix II seems to be a reprint of the 1938 Exposure. Loveday does not credit Exposure here, but he mentions it in his bibliography. Loveday’s English translation is the same as that given in Exposure. However, Loveday’s Lora del Río ‘document’ is not an identical copy of the one in Exposure. We therefore have two Lora del Río ‘documents’. There is another detail difficult to explain.
54 Sencourt, following his guide Bardoux, treated Documents I and II as a single ‘document’. He claimed, however, to have located five copies of this ‘document’, considering the ‘document’ transmitted to the Holy See (according to Bardoux) as another original; it was, in fact, merely a duplicate of one of the two ‘documents’ copied in Madrid in June 1936 (according to Bardoux). 56 (In all this imbroglio, it is amusing and at the same time educational to observe the manner in which several completely independent factors, absolutely worthless as proofs of authenticity, such as the existence of a ‘document’ in photocopy form, or the existence of a ‘document’ in the shape of a communication to ‘several foreign governments, notably to the Holy See’ are used by Bardoux and Sencourt to authenticate the ‘documents’.