Category: Rif Wars


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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