From coup dtat to civil war

The generals who were due to command the rebel forces knew that a large proportion of officers supported the rebellion. They thought that only a few would oppose it. And any resistance from the unionised workers, which they forecast would be strong in Madrid, Zaragoza, Seville and Barcelona, could be overthrown 'immediately'. That was the plan: an uprising, with all the violence necessary, and a quick victory. Things did not turn out that way, and the result of this uprising was a long civil war, lasting nearly three years.

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