NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
26th July, 1921 : Spain is reeling from a devastating military defeat inflicted in Morocco by a young Berber leader, Abdel Krim, son of a tribal chief, who once served with the Spanish. The Mellila garrison of 2,000 me has been wiped out, and its C-in-C, General Silvestre, committed suicide to avoid capture. During the Great War the Germans gave Abdel Krim guns to fight the French; instead he has turned them on the Spanish and seems set to destabilise the Spanish position in Morocco. Silvestre was a friend of King Alfonso and his death is certain to have political repercussions at home.