By Sam Jones in Madrid Campaigners seek heritage status for shrapnel-scarred walls, eight decades after civil war raid by Hitler’s forces
Number 10 Peironcely Street has seen better days. The fresh white paint that coats a warren of long, narrow patios can’t hide the fact that its walls are crumbling, nor can the cover on the well or the rusty manholes keep the rats and mosquitoes at bay.
But it has seen far worse days. In the winter of 1936, the working-class Madrid district of Vallecas in which it stands was pummelled by the bombers that Hitler sent to help Francisco Franco overthrow Spain’s republican government – and rehearse the blitzkrieg tactics later used in the second world war.