Main road looking north

Main road looking north in Belchite

    Looking north along the main road through Belchite, it is obvious in this view that although the buildings have suffered massive damage, a considerable amount of structural timber remains in place. The presence of the timber is a good indicator that there was relatively little fire damage in the town. This is not too surprising given that it had a both a garrison and civilian inhabitants. In Belchite the troops were available to put the fires out, unlike Oradour-sur-Glane, where they started the fires in the first instance.

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