Personal Journal of General José Miaja
18 March 1939: Our plans are progressing. Several other generals have adhered themselves to the cause to restore the constitution, as well as several politicians, including Alejandro Lerroux. Having been one of the leading republican figures throughout the first third of the 20th century, Lerroux will lend a great deal of legitimacy to our campaign and prove to the people that our intentions are the complete opposite of the generals who instigated the coup of '36. A number of other politicians have volunteered to fill key cabinet positions, having first sworn to uphold the democratic principles of the Republic. As it stands, we are seeking to replace Azaña, who has never even lifted a finger against Negrín's "sovietization" policies, with Lerroux while Miguel Maura will act as prime minister until the next scheduled elections in February 1940.
The government is planning to have a gigantic military parade in the capital to celebrate the first anniversary of the Republic after the victory against the fascists. This will prove to our advantage as it will make it easier for us to secure the periphery with most of the divisions of the People's Army (the new Soviet-style name for the Spanish Armed Forces) out of the way. I will continue making the military preparations while Maura and Lerroux work on filling the rest of the cabinet positions.
13 April 1939: Tomorrow is the day of the coup; everything and everyone is now in place. Rojo and I have been assigned posts close to Azaña and Maura thanks to our war hero status and our ability to keep our mouths shut about our disapproval of the government. The rest of our generals are occupying key posts throught Spain. They have been instructed to begin the uprising upon hearing the phrase "¡Viva la Constitución!" over the radio. We have arranged for the signal to go out during the middle of the military parade down the Gran Vía, when at least two divisions will be trapped between the cheering crowds, unable to respond. With that I close, hoping that my next entry will not be written from a prison cell.
For too long the Negrín government has flagrantly shirked its responsibility to uphold the legal constitution of 1931. The war is over! There is no longer a legitimate reason to ignore the rule of law! Furthermore, the government has been taking steps to further surrender Spain to the will of the Soviet Union. Spain's true patriots must stand up to this attack on our national independence! To that end, the generals who so valiantly defended the Republic during the fascist assault have charged themselves with liberating our nation from Russian dominance!
Men and women of Spain! Rise up to defend Democracy and the Republic!
¡VIVA LA REPÚBLICA!
¡VIVA LA CONSTITUCIÓN!
15 April 1939: While the coup was successful, taking Azaña, Negrín, and most of the cabinet into custody, the CNT and the rest of the radical left have thrown all of Catalonia, the Levant, Andalusia, and Oviedo into revolt! Thankfully, the army is loyal to us, and we should be able to make quick work of the partisans with minimal bloodshed. It looks like the long, drawn-out war of '36-'39 won't be repeated.
The new Republican government in Madrid:
17 May 1936: It took more than a month, but we finally have smashed the uprising throughout Spain. The leftist elements of society are angry, however, and it will take a long time before popular dissent can be fully assuaged.