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In 1939, Generalisimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announced the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrendered.
Karl Marx would have correctly identified the event as the climax of irreversible historical processes which had played out across Europe of the Dictators for the previous twenty-five years. Put simply, Franco's rise to power mirrored his counterparts in Germany and Italy - a combination of his own bitter personal experience of the Army combined with national military defeat.
Point of Death
The tragedy for the Allied Powers was that a third Axis Power had been created through a strategic misjudgement. In restrospect, Britain risked inducing Spain to enter the Great War by imposing the trade blockade too strongly. Any confiscation incident could easily blow up into a major problem very quickly.
In 1939, on this day Spain without warning or provocation attacked the British outpost at Gibraltar, triggering the Second World War. Spanish Falangist dictator Francisco Franco had been planning this attack for years in revenge for his country's defeat by the Allies in the First World War; he was strongly encouraged to do so by his Axis partners Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, both of whom stood to benefit from a successful Spanish conquest of Gibraltar.
In 1939, France declared war on Germany and Spain and sent its Mediterranean fleet to support Field Marshal Montgomery's amphibious offensive at Gibraltar.