In 1892 a man who would become the associate of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini was born into the town of El Ferrol. The child's name was Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Franco Bahamonde, who later became known as Francisco Franco. This small Iberian town in which he was born was located on the northwestern coastline of Spain. The man's birth was the beginning of a new era for Spain, both prosperous and also disastrous.
Franco's father was employed in the naval forces, and was often away on duty, leaving Franco to be raised by his mother with his three siblings. Though he had wished to follow in his father's foot steps and join the navy, young Franco could no do so due to cut backs in naval funding. He instead ended up enrolling in the Academy of Toledo. There he stayed, learning not only the basic skills needed to be an officer but also studying war tactics from noted theorists such as Karl Von Clausewitz. Franco Graduated in 1910.
During Franco's childhood Spain experienced a rapid fall from prestige on the world stage. …
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