...and the beginning of Francisco Franco's decades of military dictatorship.
"Today, after having disarmed and captured the Red Army, the Nationalist troops have secured their final military objective. The war is over." On April 1, 1939, after almost three years of bloodshed, General Francisco Franco, leader of the nationalist movement, announced via a hand-written bulletin the defeat of the Republicans.
The same day, he officially proclaimed himself "Caudillo," head of Spain, plunging the country into 35 years of military dictatorship, marked by secret police, tight controls on the press and executions of political opponents.
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