Hitler’s fury, Franco’s guile and the bribe that saved the world

In 1940, the Nazis hatched a plan to prise Gibraltar from the British and seize control of the Mediterranean. Luckily for the Allies, the road to the Rock lay through Spain – and, as Jules Stewart reveals, General Franco's top brass could be bought...

Adolf Hitler (left) and his interpreter (centre) talking to Spanish leader Francisco Franco. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/US Army Signal Corps/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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