Early life[ edit ] His parents with Francisco in arms, on the day of his baptism on 17 December Franco was born on 4 December at Calle Frutos Saavedra in FerrolGalicia. Arms of the Franco family until   His father was of Andalusian ancestry.
Early life His parents with Francisco in arms, on the day of his baptism on 17 December Franco was born at half past noon on 4 December at Calle Frutos Saavedra in FerrolGalicia.
Arms of the Franco family until   His father was of Andalusian ancestry.
His parents married in The latter died in infancy. Military career Rif War and advancement through the ranks Francisco was to follow his father into the Navy, but as a result of the Spanish-American War the country lost much of its navy as well as most of its colonies.
Not needing any more officers, the Naval Academy admitted no new entrants from to To his father's chagrin, Francisco decided to try the Spanish Army. Inhe entered the Infantry Academy in Toledograduating in as a lieutenant. Two years later, he obtained a commission to Morocco.
Spanish efforts to occupy their new African protectorate provoked the protracted Rif War from to with native Moroccans. Their tactics resulted in heavy losses among Spanish military officersand also provided an opportunity to earn promotion through merit. It was said that officers would receive either la caja o la faja a coffin or a general's sash.
Franco quickly gained a reputation as a good officer. Moroccan colonial troops with Spanish officers, who acted as shock troops. The letters between the two were found and she was questioned by journalists.
Inaged 23 and already a captain, he was shot by enemy machine gun fire. He was badly wounded in the abdomen, specifically the liver, in a skirmish at El Biutz and possibly lost a testicle. His survival marked him permanently in the eyes of the native troops as a man of baraka good luck.
With that he was promoted to major at the end of February This made him the youngest major in the Spanish army. From tohe served in Spain. Franco became the Legion's second-in-command and returned to Africa. On 24 Julythe poorly commanded and overextended Spanish Army suffered a crushing defeat at Annual from Rif tribesmen led by the Abd el-Krim brothers.
The Legion and supporting units relieved the Spanish enclave of Melilla after a three-day forced march led by Franco. Inby now a lieutenant colonelhe was made commander of the Legion. Promoted to colonelFranco led the first wave of troops ashore at Al Hoceima in Touching America's History Meredith Mason Brown Published by Indiana University Press Brown, Mason.
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