On this day: 12th July 1936 – the Murder of José Castillo

12th July 1936 – the Murder of José Castillo

(José Castillo, left, and José Calvo Sotelo, right)
It was going to happen anyway, but the murder on the streets of Madrid of Lt. José Castillo on the evening of 12th July 1936 was to the Spanish Civil War what the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was to World War I … the final, crucial key which quickly set in motion a sequence of events that led to the ‘official’ beginning of what would be a savage three-year national conflict that ran the entire gamut of twentieth century political ideologies.

At approximately 9.30pm, the newly married Castillo – a lieutenant in the governing Republic’s special police Guardia de Asalto as well as a member of an anti-fascist organisation for military members (UMRA) – left his house for the last time to make the short walk to the police station where he was about to go on duty. But when he reached the corner, a gang of Falangists, Spain’s principal fascist movement, shot and killed him.


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  1. Hey Poumista,

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  2. i tried to read the rest but “blog you were looking for was not found.”

  3. Thanks Petey. I’ll try and sort that out. Jonathon, I’ll give it some thought.

  4. […] unter „Sozialistika“ und im Download-Archiv, Poumista weist auf die Ermordung von José Castillo hin und die RSO hat die Dokumentation Schutzbundzeitung (1935-1937) […]

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