Category: Rif Wars


Fuego Cruzado Scenarios: Crossfire Scenarios for Spain’s Wars

My scenarios for Fuego Cruzado – my variant of Crossfire for Spain’s Wars (e.g. Spanish Civil War and Rif War).

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Timeline for the Third Rif War 1920-25

Although known at the time as the Rif War it was actually the Third Rif War. The war started in 1920 with the failed Spanish attempt to conquer the Djebala. The next year saw the spectacular Spanish defeat known in Spain as the Disaster of Annual where the forces of Abd-el-Krim destroyed the 14,000 strong army of Gen. Silvestre (Scurr, 1985). Indecisive fighting continued until the French joined the fray in 1925. The French attacked from the south while a Spanish expedition landed at Alhucemas Bay and attacked from the north. Abd-el-Krim surrendered to French authorities on 27 May 1926

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Timeline for the Second Rif War 1909

Although known at the time as the Rif War it was actually the Second Rif War. I have included earlier events to set the context. Also see the separate timelines for the First Rif War and Third Rif War.

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Timeline for the First Rif War 1893-94

This war is known by several names: Rif War, First Rif War, Melilla War and the Margallo War. It was fought in 1893-94 between Spain and 39 of the Rif tribes (kabyles) of northern Morocco, and later the Sultan of Morocco (Wikipedia: First Rif War). Juan García y Magallo, the Spanish governor of Melilla, provoked the local tribes when he began redoubt near a Riffi saint’s tomb (Furneaux, 1967). In quite a spectacular show of discontent 6,000 Rif Warriors began the siege of Melilla on 3 Oct. They were soon reinforced when a Spanish shell accidentally destroyed a local Mosque,

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Personalities of the Rif Wars

Brief biographies of some key players of the Rif Wars.

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Sources for the Rif Wars

A annotated bibliography for the Rif Wars.

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Orders of Battle for the Rif Wars

My Orders of Battle for the Rif Wars covers:

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