August 24, 1936

The Spanish Civil War continued into its second month in August, 1936. The leaders of the revolution included General Francisco France and Emilio Mola. The war represented a larger faction within Europe, as Franco had the support of the Church, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, and important members of the British Cabinet, while socialists and communists worldwide supported the existing rule. Franco declared that he wanted social reforms and to "'restore peace, justice and democracy,'" and that war was only waged when it became evident the current Spanish government would not provide these universally.