Bahamond Franco, born 04-12-1892, in Ferrol, Spain, from a military family, originally intent on entering the Spanish Navy, Franco instead became a soldier. He participated in the Rif War in Morocco, becoming the youngest general in Europe by 1926. Franco and the military participated in a coup d’état against the Popular Front government. The coup failed and devolved into the Spanish Civil War during which Franco emerged as the leader of the Nationalists against the Popular Front government. After winning the civil war with military aid from Italy, Benito Mussolini (see Mussolini)
and Nazi Germany, while the communist Soviet Union and various Internationalists aided certain forces of the left, he dissolved the Spanish Parliament. During World War II, Franco officially maintained a policy of non-belligerency and later of neutrality. However, he supported the volunteer Blue Division. The Blue Division or 250th Infanterie-Division in the German Army, was a unit of Spanish volunteers that served in the German Army on the Eastern Front of the Second World War, under Generalfeldmarschall der Artillerie, Wilhelm von Leeb’s (see Leeb)
Army Group North. Franco didn’t want to be involved in the WWII battles with his army and Hitler (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) (see Hitler’s parents) said after there last meeting that he preferred to go earlier three times to a dentist than talking again with Franco. Franco supplied Heinrich Himmler (see Himmler) with a list of 6.000 Jews in Spain, for the Nazi’s “Final Solution”. It is true that Franco built no concentration camps on Spanish territory, nor did he voluntarily hand Jews over to Germany. In 1969, Franco designated Prince Juan Carlos de Borbón, with the new title of King of Spain, as his successor. Suffering from various health problems, including a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease Franco.
died at the old age of 82, on 20-01-1975. He is buried at Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos, a colossal memorial officially dedicated to casualties during the Spanish Civil War.