March 28 1939 – Generalissimo Francisco Franco Conquers Madrid

March 28 1939 – Generalissimo Francisco Franco Conquers MadridRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Twenty-eight months after launching an assault on Madrid, Generalissimo Francisco Franco and his Nationalist soldiers finally broke into the Spanish capital on March 28, 1939. Within days, the bloody and brutal Spanish Civil War would come to a close, opening the door to one of the most severe dictatorships in modern history. Like much of Europe, Spain in the early 20th century was in the midst of a confusing shift away from monarchy. Though King Alfonso XIII was officially the ruler, the centuries-old system by which wealthy landowners — known as latifundia — were able […]