For JJ who may not see this but anyway;
In the book "We Saw Spain Die" Foreign Correspondents in the SPanish Civil War, page 299 begins an account of the Nationalist capture of Badajoz. This is by the correspondent Jay Allen. Jay Allen was also the first (not sure if only) foreign correspondent to interview Franco. He was in Lisboa (Lisbon) when he heard about Badajoz and set off to find out for himself."What he wrote about Badajoz would cause Jay to be vilified for years after. More importantly, what he saw was to haunt him for the rest of his life." pg 300
Jay Allen wrote:
Elvas Portugal August 25, 1936
This is the most painful story it has ever been my lot to handle....
I have come from Badajoz, several miles away in Spain. I have been up on the roof to look back. There was a fire. They are burning bodies. Four thousand men and women have died in Badajoz since General Francisco Franco's Rebel Foreign Legionnaires and Moors climbed over the bodies of their own dead through its many times blood-drenched walls."