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Real Dictators: Francisco Franco Part 4: Fascist Firebrand to Cold War Warrior


The hidden lives of history’s tyrants

June 01, 2021

A look at the life of the man who ruled Spain for decades after winning the Spanish Civil War aided by Hitler.

The White Terror continues as Spain’s self-proclaimed strongman assumes power in Madrid. Herding his defeated enemies into concentration camps, Franco uses them to realise huge architectural projects, including the Valley of the Fallen. Declaring the start of a ‘glorious’ new era, ‘El Caudillo’ commissions a movie to tell the story of his own life. Die-hard Republican rebels continue to resist the Nationalists in the mountains. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of World War Two, Franco seeks to re-brand his regime, as he sets about winning over a brand-new ally: the United States.

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