Francisco Franco

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Generalissimo Francisco Franco was the dictator of fascist Spain from sometime in the late 1930's to some time in the mid-1970's. He came to power after his faction won the Spanish Civil War. He didn't kill a whole lot of people, but most agree that he was bad for the country, anyway. He backed Hitler with men and supplies during World War II, though Spain did not actually join. In fact, recently, the country of Spain had decided to tear down all things related to him. His most well-known contribution to the Nazi war effort was the so-called "Blue Division" of the Wehrmacht, which consisted entirely of Spanish soldiers. After the war, he harbored many displaced Nazi leaders in Spain, including Otto Skorzeny and possibly the infamous "Doctor Death". When he died, the phrase "Francisco Franco is still dead" became a small-scale pop-culture phenomenon.


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