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100 Years ago....

Spanish humiliated by Moroccan rebels

June 26, 1921

Spain is reeling from a devastating military defeat inflicted in Morocco by a youn Berber leader, Abdel Krim, son of a tribal chief, who once served with the Spanish. The Mellila garrison of 2,000 men has been wiped out, and its C-in-C, General Silvestre, committed suicide to avoid capture.

During the Great War the Germans gave Abdel Krim guns to fight the French; instead he has turned them on the Spanish and seems set to destabilise the Spanish position in Morocco. Silvestre was a friend of King Alfonso and his death is certain to have political repercussions at home.

Article from "Chronicle of the 20th Century" ISBN 1 872031 80 3

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