The English volunteers of the Tercio de Extranjeros

The colonial war that arose when the Protectorate was established in Morocco at the beginning of the 20th century gave rise to the recovery of the recruitment of foreigners in the Army. A practice extinguished throughout the 19thcentury as an evolution of the transition from the royal armies of the Old Regime to the constitutional ones of a national nature. The creation of the Tercio de Extranjeros in 1920, known as la Legión, was the organic instrument that allowed its recruitment and framing. The presence of foreigners in their ranks never exceeded 20%, being those of English origin a minority, with a very short stay due to the diplomatic problems that arose, the object of analysis in this work.

The British Presence in the Spanish Military

Benito Tauler Cid

Ministerio de Defensa




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