Franco: Silent Ally in World War II

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10 EPILOGUE

Following the end of World War II Spain's international position underwent kaleidoscopic change that was brought about less by events within the country than by attitudes and purposes in the Allied world. On May 25, 1944, Winston Churchill, then at the height of his fame and glory, had opened a debate in the House of Commons with a ringing eulogy of the Franco regime's contribution to the Allied cause. "There is no doubt that if Spain had yielded to German blandishments and pressure . . . our burden would have been much heavier," he said, and he added, "In the dark days of the war the attitude of the Spanish Government in not giving our enemies passage through Spain was extremely helpful to us. It was especially so at the time of the North African liberation. . . . I must say that I shall always consider a service was rendered . . . by Spain, not only to the United Kingdom and to the British Empire and Commonwealth, but to the cause of the United Nations."

But only a little more than a year after Churchill had said that he and Harry Truman, who had succeeded Roosevelt in

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • 1 - Spanish Foreign Policy 1
  • 2 - Franco 33
  • 3 - Beigbeder 61
  • 4 - Serrano 74
  • 5 - Weddell 95
  • 6 - Jordana 121
  • 7 - Hoare 135
  • 8 - Hayes 160
  • 9 - Instruments and Obstacles 195
  • 10 Epilogue 207
  • Selected Bibliography Index 215
  • Selected Bibliography 217
  • Index 221
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