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Francisco FRANCO

Spanish Francisco FRANCO

born Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo FRANCO Y BAHAMONDE

Spanish general who ruled over Spain from 1939 to 1975 as a dictator

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Born: on December 04, 1892 in Ferrol, La Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Died: on November 20, 1975 in Madrid, Spain


Biography

Franco was born in Ferrol, Spain as the son of an upper-class family with strong traditional ties and several generations of high-ranking officers in the Spanish Navy. But due to the navy being crippled by the Spanish-American War Franco instead joined the Spanish Army as a cadet in the Toledo Infantry Academy in 1907, graduating in 1910. He would then go on to serve in Morocco, rapidly advancing through the ranks for bravery in combat and an assiduous attention to detail in logistics. In 1926 he became brigadier general at age 33, the youngest general in all of Europe, and two years later he became director of the General Military Academy in Zaragoza.

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