The Reconquest of Madrid
On this day in 1939, Madrid was reconquered by the Christians, the final victory in the Spanish Civil War. The price of victory, however, was high:
• 12% of all Spanish priests were martyred. (In one diocese, Barbastro, this was as high as 85%).
• 72,344 officially executed by the Socialist/Communist/Anarchist government, with many more informally killed or massacres.
• Around 20,000 churches and chapels damaged or destroyed
As Warren Carroll points out in his history of the war, after giving thanks at a Te Deum service at the Church of Saint Barbara in Madrid, Franco prayed:
Lord, benevolently accept the effort of this people, which was always Thine, which, with me and in Thy name, has vanquished with heroism the enemy of truth in this century.
And then Franco laid his sword upon the high altar, vowing to God never to take it up again unless Spain itself was faced with invasion. (A vow he kept).