"Francisco Franco Bahamonde" was a Spanish general who was the dictator of Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975. Coming from a military background, he became the youngest general in Europe in the 1920s.

A strong conservative, he was shocked when the monarchy was removed and replaced with a Second Spanish Republic/democratic republic in 1931. With the Spanish general election, 1936/1936 elections, the Spanish Confederation of Autonomous Right-wing Groups/conservatives fell and the leftist Popular Front (Spain)/Popular Front came to power. Looking to overthrow the republic, Franco and other generals staged a Spanish coup of July 1936/partially successful coup, which started the Spanish Civil War. With the death of the other generals, Franco quickly became Nationalist faction (Spanish Civil War)/his faction's only leader.

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