Ferrol - Urban History
Franco Period
Military parade in Ferrol (1936)

Those army officers who were hostile to the Second Republic began to join together around a group of veterans of the Rif War. When the Popular Front won the general elections in 1936, some members of the political and financial elite decided to organize a military uprising. It was started in Morocco by troops led by Franco. In Ferrol, the conspirators reinforced the small number of soldiers that supported them with civilian volunteers. Meanwhile, the workers' societies did not have access to arms, which were kept under lock and key in barracks and dockyards. A state of war was declared in the city, and fighting ended after just two days, with only 30 deaths. However, the subsequent repression would lead to 3,000 more.

L. Molina, 'El regimiento de artillería nº 2 en la guerra civil', Cadernos Ferrol Análisis, 14 (1999), © Club de Prensa de Ferrol