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Franco's Black Spain
Drawings by Luis Quintanilla; commentary by Richard Watts, Jr.

Franco's Black Spain pages 35-39


The young Falange gansters, who had been organized by Jose Primo de Rivera, son of the onetime dictator, numbered less than three thousand at the time Franco and his fellow militarists revolted against the Republic in July, 1936. Although they attempted a sort of philosophical rationale of fascism, they were clearly more interested in brawling and in picturesque uniforms.


The Falange grew in numbers as the revolt, thanks to its foreign backing and the fact that the Western democracies would not permit the Republic to arm itself, grew in strength. But the quality remained about the same.


Slowly the Spanish Republic was strangled and the land became a vast concentration camp, with the most disreputable jailers known to modern history.


The chivalry of the Spanish Falange was in the best tradition of the Franco Crusade.


The Falange triumphant in a Spain freed of decadent democracy.