Miguel Cabanellas

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Miguel Cabanellas
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Prime Minister of Francoist Spain
In office
25 June – 1 October 1936
Preceded by
  • Office restored
Succeeded byFidel Dávila Arrondo
Personal details
Miguel Cabanellas Ferrer

(1872-01-01)1 January 1872
Cartagena, Spain
Died14 May 1938(1938-05-14) (aged 66)
Málaga, Francoist Spain
(now Spain)
ProfessionArmy officer

Miguel Cabanellas Ferrer (1 January 1872 in Cartagena – 14 May 1938) was a Spanish Army officer during the Spanish Civil War.

A cavalry officer, as a major he managed the creation of the African Regular troops (Moroccan troops in the Spanish army). In 1921 he participated in the reconquest of the Rif after the Battle of Annual. He was promoted to brigadier general and made envoy to the island of Menorca as military governor. Miguel Primo de Rivera permitted him to go into the reserves in 1926, which led him to participate in a revolt frustrated in 1929. For his support of the republicans, on 17 April 1931 the provisional government of the Republic named him commander in chief of Andalusia. Later he was named commander of the troops in Morocco and replaced José Sanjurjo in the main directorate of the Civil Guard. In 1934 he was a delegate of the Radical Republican Party. In July 1936 he was head of 5ª Organic division based in Zaragoza, where on 19 July he declared his support for the Nationalists. Due to his seniority, he was president of the Junta de Defensa Nacional that on 21 September 1936 proclaimed Francisco Franco head of government and Generalissimo - though Cabanellas was the only one who dissented to this choice.[1] He warned his fellow rebel generals that "You don’t know what you have done because you don’t know him as do I, given that he was under my command in the African Army… If you give him Spain, he is going to believe that it is his and he will not allow anyone to replace him in the war or after it, until his death." [2] He was later Chief inspector of the Army until his death.


  1. ^ Beevor, Antony. The Spanish Civil War. p. 117 ISBN 0-911745-11-4
  2. ^ Bernat Muniesa, Dictadura y transición. La España lampedusiana. I: La dictadura franquista. 1939-1975, p.41 y p.42. Cita original: Guillermo Cabanellas, Cuatro Generales. La lucha por el poder

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