|The War That Came Early |
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
West and East†
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Date of Birth:||Early 20th century|
|Date of Death:||1939|
|Cause of Death:||Shot to death (World War II)|
|Military Branch:||Spanish Nationalists|
Bernardo Uribe (d. 1939) was a major in the Nationalist army during the Spanish Civil War. Uribe was a flaming homosexual, which was rare indeed on the Nationalist side. However, Uribe was not only tolerated but rose through the Nationalist ranks because of his extreme courage and aggression under fire, and his virulent hatred for communism. The latter quality was what had led him to align with the Nationalists himself.
Uribe's aggressive tendencies were not confined to the battlefield. He was an extraordinarily violent man, even psychopathic, in all settings. He once killed a prisoner from the International Brigades for making a cutting remark about his sexual orientation. Not even Joaquin Delgadillo's insistence that he intended to interrogate the prisoner could inspire remorse in Uribe.
Uribe was not usually so flippant about the need to interrogate prisoners. Later in 1939, he led Delgadillo and a number of others on a raid of Republican trenches to capture prisoners. He led the raiding party against too strong a position for their mission to succeed; Uribe himself was killed in the opening volley. The men with him were likewise either killed or captured.