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The Moorish Guard (Guardia Mora) was the cavalry unit which acted as Franco’s personal guard during the dictatorship, accompanying him during the official acts of the regime until 1957 when they were disbanded as a result of the Ifni – Saharan War, and replaced by a Spanish regiment dressed in similar Moorish attire.
The guard was the remains of the 85,000 Moroccans who had fought for Nationals during the Civil War, who were known as the Regulares. Moorish troops were greatly feared during the war because of their military prowess, and due to the methods they used, many of which were learned from those employed by the Spanish army on their fathers and grandfathers during the war of Morocco.
- FRANCO Y EL ISLAM “¿FUE FRANCO PROTECTOR del Islam? ¿Es posible sostener la idea de la Guerra Civil como Cruzada y soslayar la participación de miles de musulmanes en las filas franquistas? Estas y otras preguntas nos acercan a la desconocida historia de los vínculos de Franco con el Islam, que se remontaron a los años 20 del siglo pasado, pues el futuro Caudillo inició su carrera militar en África. En la historia previa primaron más los encuentros que los desencuentros entre ambos lados del estrecho.”
- Regulares (wiki)
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