Ferrol - Urban History
Franco Period
Seamen from the training ship 'Galatea' in front of the Arms Hall (1936)

The military revolt triumphed in Ferrol with the support of naval officers, against the republican sympathies of the seamen and many of the non-commissioned officers. Although the crew of the four warships anchored in the Arsenal attempted to resist, they lacked heavy artillery and eventually surrendered. The repression was a bloodbath: 200 Navy personnel were executed following a trial by court-martial. These included the head of the naval base and the Northern Maritime Department, Vice-Admiral Azarola, who was condemned by his subordinates for 'helping the insurrection': that is to say, in newspeak, having refused to collaborate with the uprising.

Cadernos Ferrol Análisis, Galatea, Buque Escuela de la Armada española. 1922-1982 (2002), © Club de Prensa de Ferrol
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