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Only a few people know that the first foreign delegation of the "Falange Espanola de las JONS" was ordered by José Antonio Primo de Rivera in Milan ( Italy ). If the date of his foundation, August 8th 1935, is known, little we known about its activities in these early moments. This is probably due to the fact that it officially began its operations only in January 1936. No other branch of the Falange Foreign Service was never opened after that of Milan even though some other uncontrolled groups worked in Cuba, Mexico and Argentina.
The history of the "Servicio Exterior de FET y de las JONS" (Falange Foreign Service) was built by Spanish historians with considerable difficulty due to the lack of official documents.
This letter, addressed to Mussolini, by Arturo Cuartero, the leader of the Falange in Italy, represents a rarity in terms of both historical and collectible. The letter comes with its original envelope in which sent to the Duce by Arturo Cuartero on July 23rd, 1936 and the revers has the Falange in Milan stamp with the address
"Foro Bonaparte 71", today still existing.
On it Arturo Cuartero turns to Mussolini asking him to facilitate his departure for Spain to fight against the Republicans, giving them a plane to reach Seville. The response of the Duce, personally written with a pencil on the letter, was "It's not possible". To day we know that Arturo Cuartero then managed to reach Spain and to participate actively in the Civil War, leaving the leadership of the Spanish Falange in Italy "ad interim" to Juan Ordinas.