José Asensio Torrado

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José Asensio Torrado
Birth name José Asensio Torrado
Born 1892
Died 1961
Allegiance Spain Kingdom of Spain (1904–1932)
 Spanish Republic (1931–1936)
Years of service 1936–1939
Rank General
Commands held Under-secretary of war 1936–1937
Battles/wars

Spanish Civil War

José Asensio Torrado (1892–1961) was a Spanish Spanish general.

Life[edit]

Before the Spanish Civil War, he was a major in the Republican Army and a member of the UMRA.[1] He was one of the few Africanistas officers who remained loyal to the Republican government and led a militia column in the Somosierra front.[2] He led the Republican troops in the Tagus front and reorganized the Republican troops, but he was unable to stop the nationalist offensive.[3] On 24 October he was appointed subsecretary of war[4] by the primer minister Largo Caballero and in November 1936 he was appointed commander of the Central army, reorganized the Republican army and aided to form the mixed brigades, merging the militia troops with the remains of the prewar army,[5] the first troops of the republican army capable of open-field fighting.[6] Nevertheless, he was rejected by the communists and the anarchists because he wanted to impose the discipline in the Republican Army and the Soviet ambassador, Rosenberg wanted him to be dismissed.[7] On 21 February 1937 he was dismissed after the fall of Malaga.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson, Gabriel. (1967). The Spanish Republic and the Civil War, 1936-1939. Princeton University Press. Princeton. p. 227
  2. ^ Jackson, Gabriel. (1967). The Spanish Republic and the Civil War, 1936-1939. Princeton University Press. Princeton. p. 263
  3. ^ Thomas, Hugh. (2001). The Spanish Civil War. Penguin Books. London. p. 395
  4. ^ Thomas, Hugh. (2001). The Spanish Civil War. Penguin Books. London. p. 424
  5. ^ Thomas, Hugh. (2001). The Spanish Civil War. Penguin Books. London. p. 526
  6. ^ Jackson, Gabriel. (1967). The Spanish Republic and the Civil War, 1936-1939. Princeton University Press. Princeton. p. 340
  7. ^ Thomas, Hugh. (2001). The Spanish Civil War. Penguin Books. London. p. 517
  8. ^ Thomas, Hugh. (2001). The Spanish Civil War. Penguin Books. London. p. 570