Encircled and under bombardment, Colonel Jose Moscardo, heroic defender of Toledo's Alcazar in Spain's Civil War, still refused to surrender his fortress to the Loyalists. To break him down, the Loyalists forced his son Luis, a prisoner, to speak to him by telephone across the lines.
"Papa," began Luis.
"What is it, my son?"
"They say they will shoot me if you don't surrender."
"Then commend your soul to God, cry Viva Espana and die like a patriot."
"A big kiss, papa."
"A big kiss, my son."
The Loyalists shot young Moscardo.
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