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A Balancing Act
A Balancing Act

A Balancing Act

British Intelligence in Spain during the Second World War

Sussex Studies in Spanish History


208 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $48.00)

Publication Date: September 2018

ISBN 9781845199098

Rights: US & CA

Sussex Academic Press (Sep 2018)

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This book reveals the development, strategy and extraordinary success of Britain's secret services in Franco's Spain during the second World War. The main claim of this study is that British pressure, exercised above all through their intelligence services, led Franco to distance himself from the Axis cause and eventually embrace that of the Allies. Spy networks—including those of the Germans, Italians, Portuguese, and British—proliferated in the Iberian Peninsula.  The British exploited this two-way traffic to let Franco know that if he did not accede to their demands, they would back a restoration of the Bourbon monarchy under Don Juan. This pressure culminated in the meeting of 1943 between Franco and the British Ambassador, Sir Samuel Hoare, the British underlining their purpose by flying warplanes close by the estate. Following this meeting, Franco began to move away from the Axis powers and towards the Allies. [Subject: History, WWII, Military History, Spanish Studies, British Secret Service]

Author Biography

Emilio Grandío Seoane is a specialist in the history of the Second Republic and the Civil war. His current research focuses on the history of Spain in and after the Second World War, democratic transition in Spain, and the republican exile during the Franco regime. His most recent published books include: A Segunda República en Galicia. Memoria, mito e historia (2010); Casares Quiroga. La Forja de un Líder (2011); Vixiados. Represión, investigación e vixilancia na Galicia da Guerra Civil (2011), War Zone. La II Guerra Mundial en el noroeste de la Península Ibérica (2012); y Derribar a Franco. Represión y clandestinidad política en el noroeste de la Península Ibérica (1945-1953) (2013).