Francisco Franco y Bahamonde (4 December 1892 – 20 November 1975) was a Spanish military leader who ruled as the dictator of Spain from 1939 till his death. He came to authority during the Spanish Civil War while serving as the Generalisimo of the Nationalist faction.
Franco came from an army background. He became an extremely decorated soldier and succeeded quick promotions in the army. He rose to fame during the 1920s as a commander in the Spanish Legion and became the youthful general in Europe.