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Carlos Asensio Cabanillas

Carlos Asensio Cabanillas
Birth nameCarlos Asensio Cabanillas
Born(1896-11-14)14 November 1896
Madrid, Kingdom of Spain
Died28 April 1969(1969-04-28) (aged 72)
Madrid, Francoist Spain
AllegianceSpain Kingdom of Spain
 Spanish Republic
 Nationalist Spain
Service/branch Spanish Army
Battles/warsRif War
Spanish Civil War

Carlos Asensio Cabanillas (14 November 1896 – 28 April 1969)[1] was a Spanish soldier and statesman who fought for the Nationalist faction during the Spanish Civil War, rising in command from Colonel to General in Franco's Army of Africa.

When Franco's military conspiracy flared into revolt in July 1936, Asensio Cabanillas and Colonel Sáenz de Buruaga easily secured Tétouan for the rebels. In the first month of the war his column, fighting alongside Juan Yagüe's troops, made an impressive forced march from Seville to Madrid, storming and taking the cities of Badajoz, Toledo, and Talavera. His bloody advance into the University City during the Siege of Madrid would mark the farthest Nationalist advance against the city until the end of the war. At the Jarama his column spearheaded the attack across the river but was stalled thereafter by the International Brigades.

After the war Franco promoted Asensio Cabanillas to Lieutenant General. He served as the High Commissioner of the Spanish protectorate in Morocco from 1939 to 1941, and later as the Chief of Staff of the Army from 1941 to 1942, Minister of the Army from 1942 to 1945 and Captain General of the Balearic Islands from 1945 to 1948. Finally, he served as the Chief of the Defence High Command (chief of staff of the Spanish Armed Forces), from 1955 to 1958.[2]

Asensio Cabanillas died in 1969.


  1. ^ Joaquín Bardavío (1969). La Estructura del poder en España: sociología política de un país (in Spanish). Ibérico Europea de Ediciones. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  2. ^ Paul Preston; Michael Partridge; Piers Ludlow (2008). British documents on foreign affairs: reports and papers from the Foreign Office confidential print. From 1951 through 1956. Europe, 1951. Great Britain. Foreign Office. LexisNexis. ISBN 978-0-88692-724-0. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
Government offices Preceded byJuan Luis Beigbeder y Atienza High Commissioner of the Spanish protectorate in Morocco 16 August 1939 – 12 May 1941 Succeeded byLuis Orgaz Yoldi Preceded byJosé Enrique Varela Minister of the Army 3 September 1942 – 20 July 1945 Succeeded byFidel Dávila Arrondo Military offices Preceded byCarlos Martínez de Campos y Serrano Chief of Staff of the Army 12 May 1941 – 4 September 1942 Succeeded byRafael García Valiño Preceded byJuan Vigón Chief of the Defence High Command 3 June 1955 – 6 June 1958 Succeeded byAgustín Muñoz Grandes

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