This photograph captures the absolute destruction that resulted from the bombing of Guernica on 26th April 1937.

Bild 183-H25224

On 26th April 1937, as part of Operation Rügen during the Spanish Civil War, the German Luftwaffe Condor Legion and the Italian Fascist Avazione Legionara undertook an extensive and devastating aerial attack on the Basque town of Guernica as its defenceless civilians packed the streets of the city centre on market day.

If you'd like to find out more about some aircraft used and the Aces involved in this terrible attack, why not take a look at Aces of the Legion Condor by Robert Forsyth?

The original image can be viewed here.

Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H25224 / CC-BY-SA