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    DescriptionFranco's Friends tells the little-known true story of how MI6 orchestrated the coup that brought General Franco to power in Spain in 1936, leading to the Spanish civil war and 40 years of right-wing dictatorship. It has long been known that a British plane took Franco from the Canaries to Morocco at the start of his coup. What is not known is the importance of his role and the extent of the involvement of the British intelligence services. Franco's Friends discloses a list of British secret agents who helped engineer Franco's coup, that reads like a who's who of British intelligence (including James Bond creator, Ian Fleming). The book shows that MI6 continued working in Spain through to the Second World War, putting together behind-the-scenes deals and ensuring that the UK's interests were maintained. Crucially, MI6 even financed bribes paid to the Spanish generals by the British naval attache in Madrid to keep Spain neutral, thus reaping the benefits for Britain in 1939-45. Based on previously unknown material from the National Archives, Imperial War Museum, the British Library and private archives, this is one of the great previously untold stories of the Second World War, revealing how Britain made a dubious but difficult moral choice that would have repercussions on the outcome of the Second World War.


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    Title
    Franco's Friends
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Day
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 250 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781849543613
    ISBN 10: 1849543615
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DSE
    BIC subject category V2: JPSH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS045000
    BIC subject category V2: HBWP, 1DSE
    DC23: 946.081
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, ports
    Publisher
    Biteback
    Imprint name
    Biteback
    Publication date
    04 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    PETER DAY is a former senior reporter on The Mail on Sunday. A writer and journalist, he writes regularly for The Sunday Times and The Mail on Sunday. He lives in Surrey.