Nationalist victory parade at the end of the Spanish Civil War.
The final Republican collapse in the Spanish Civil War was a quick one. At the beginning of 1939, Franco’s Nationalist forces swept into Catalonia, taking it in two easy months of fighting. By the beginning of March, Madrid was isolated and the government knew that no chance of help was going to be coming. Infighting among the Loyalist factions saw Prime Minster Negrin flee the country on March 6th, and the further weakened remnants of the Republican Army could put up no resistance to the Nationalists when Franco launched the final offensive on Madrid later that month, taking the city in a matter of days. Although small bands of resistance fighters would continue to be a nuisance for years to come, Franco declared victory on April 1, 1939.