By José E. Alvarez
Following her defeat within the Spanish-American struggle of 1898, Spain shifted her colonial concentration to her Protectorate in northern Morocco. while Spanish conscripts started to struggle and to die through the millions, political fallout compelled the govt to create a brand new unit squaddies. This unit may serve the twin functionality of offering combating males for Moroccan provider, whereas sparing the lives of conscripted males. less than its founder, José Millán off course, and his deputy, Francisco Franco, the Spanish overseas Legion may quick develop into the spearhead for Spain's military in Africa. this is often the tale of the construction, association, and strive against position of the Legion in its youth from 1919 to 1927.
Based upon archival assets in Madrid, Segovia, and Ceuta, this is often the 1st and such a lot whole heritage in English or Spanish of the early years of the Spanish international Legion. The unit was once instrumental in crushing Abd-el-Krim's uprising opposed to Spanish colonial authority. while the Riffians annihilated the military of normal Silvestre at Annual in 1921 and have been poised to assault the Spanish enclave of Melilla, it was once the arriving of the Legion that pacified its panic-stricken electorate. The strength will be within the forefront of all significant offensives undertaken in recapturing the territory misplaced in 1921, and its amphibious touchdown at Alhucemas Bay in 1925 marked the start of the tip for the Rif Rebellion.