Francisco Franco – Resolving an Enigma

Francisco Franco – Resolving an Enigma: A Documentary Film by Philip Selkirk

Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco y Bahamonde (4 December 1892 – 20 November 1975), known simply as Francisco Franco was a Spanish military general and head of state of Spain from October 1936 – a unified nation from 1939 onwards – and de facto regent of the nominally restored Kingdom of Spain from 1947 until his death in November 1975. He came to power as a prominent member of the far-right Falange movement. As head of state, Franco used the title Caudillo de España, por la gracia de Dios, meaning Leader of Spain, by the grace of God.

Historically speaking, Franco is, today, mostly regarded one-dimensionally: as the brutal, autocratic Fascist dictator, who ruled his land and its people for almost four decades with an iron fist. This point of view, although indeed valid, is yet too analogous. + Now read on