In July 1921 the port of Barcelona was full of people who watched the soldiers being
shipped to Morocco to quell the rebellion of the tribes living in the region of Rif, ruled by
Spain. Abd el-Krim was the chief defender in the area but they were heavily outnumbered
and out armed.
However they put up strong resistance against the Spanish army in the Rif War or the War
of Morocco. The conflict ended with the so-called ‘Disaster of Annual’, in which more than
8,000 Spanish soldiers died. For rifeños this battle would become the ‘Triumph of the