Manuel Brabo Portillo. Policeman, spy and gunman (1876-1919)

Josep Pich Mitjana, David Martínez Fiol

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© 2019 Universidad de CastillaLa Mancha, Departamento de Historia. All rights reserved. The objective of the article is an approach to the controversial biography of Police Chief Manuel Brabo Portillo. The work is based on primary and secondary sources. The method used is empirical. In the imagery of the revolutionary syndicalist world, Brabo Portillo was the most hated policeman, the reincarnation of the murkiest face of the state. He was also a German spy connected with the sinking of Spanish ships, the murder of businessman and engineer Josep Barret and the first head of the terrorists linked to Barcelona employers. The conflict that affected Spain during the period of the First World War is fundamental in order to understand the origins of terrorism linked to pistolerismo, which marked Spanish social political history during the first third of the twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-408
JournalVinculos de Historia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Brabo Portillo
  • Espionage
  • First World War
  • Pistolerismo
  • Syndicalism


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