Factions - Asaltos/Civil Guard

Not a political faction, the green uniformed Guardia Civil was (and remains) the Spanish states rural police force, with both military and civilian functions. The Guardia Civil personnel generally held right wing views and their reliability was always questionable - a large number of them defected to the Nationalists during the Civil War.

The blue uniformed Guardia de Asalto were an urban equivalent, created by the Spanish Republic mainly to be a more politically reliable form of paramilitary force. Drawn from ex-Army of Africa personnel who were deemed reliable, the asaltos were the best Republican forces available in the early war, and although they were not numerous they played a key role in suppressing army units attempting to rise up against in the government in the critical early stages of the civil war.

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