Biography GEN Emilio Mola y Vidal “El Director”

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Biography GEN Emilio Mola y Vidal "El Director"

Submitted: January 14, 2018

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Submitted: January 14, 2018



GEN Emilio Mola y Vidal “El Director”

Birth 9 Jun 1887 Villa Clara, Cuba

Death 3 Jun 1937 Castil de Peones, Provincia de Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain

Burial Navarra a sus Muertos en la Cruzada Pamplona, Provincia de Navarra, Navarra, Spain

Emilio Mola y Vidal aka Emilio Mola Videl.

Spanish statesman and patriot, Emilio Mola y Vidal, 1st Duke of Mola, Grande de España.

In 1904 Mola entered the Academia Militar de Toledo. In 1909 he was sent to Morocco and distinguished himself in combat. He stayed there until February 1930 when Dámaso Berenguer y Fusté (1873-1953) made him general director of security.

When the Frente Popular/Popular Front won the elctions of 1936, he lost his security job and was sent back to Morocco.

Mola and three others were killed when their Airspeed AS.6 Envoy twin-engine plane crashed near Castil de Peones, Burgos, Castilla y León in bad weather on a Vitoria-to-Burgos flight.

Wife: Consuelo Bascón y Franco de Mola (1893-1986)

Daughter: Consuelo Mola y Bascón (?-2005)

Son: Emilio Mola y Bascón, 2nd Duke of Mola (1948-2009)

Coined the term "quinta columna"/"fifth column".

On 31 August 2016 the mayor of Pamplona, Joseba Asirón (EH Bildu), the process of exhuming with the utmost discretion and respect" the remains of Mola, Sanjurjo and six other franquistas buried in the monument's pantheon was agreed with the families and with the Archbishopric of Pamplona. It was carried out by a team of forensic scientists from the Aranzadi Science Society led by Francisco Etxeberria, a professor at the University of the Basque Country. The exhumation of Mola, without opposition of the family, was advanced to 24 October 2016 and the rest of the military was completed on 16 November 2016.


Gravesite Details 1937-1961 Mola was buried in Cementerio Municipal de San José, Pamplona

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