International Brigades

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Francisco Franco (1892—1975) Spanish general and dictator, head of state 1939–75

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International groups of volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. They were largely communist, on the side of the republic against Franco. At no time were there more than 20,000 in the Brigades. They fought mainly in the defence of Madrid (1936) and in the battle of the River Ebro (1938).

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — World History.

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