Franco had one testicle

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Franco had one testicle

Like Hitler, Spain’s dictator might have been ‘monorchid’, claims new book

FORMER dictator Francisco Franco may have only had one testicle, like his Nazi counterpart Adolf Hitler, a new book claims.

Much like the Nazi leader, Franco’s loss stemmed from an injury he suffered in battle, his doctor’s granddaughter told the historian Jose Maria Zavala.

“Franco was monorchid – he had only one testicle”

Franco was wounded in the lower abdomen at El Biutz, near Ceuta, in June 1916.

Biographers have long speculated this affected the reproductive organs of the dictator, who ruled from 1939 to 1975.

However, he did have a daughter, Carmen Franco y Polo, in 1926.

Last year, documents came to light containing an account by a medic who treated Hitler during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Dr Johan Jambor told his priest that Hitler had been injured in the abdomen and had lost a testicle.

In his new book, Mr Zavala quotes Dr Ana Puigvert as recalling that her grandfather, Antonio Puigvert, a urologist known to have had Franco as a patient, had told her the dictator had confided in him.

“Franco was monorchid – he had only one testicle,” she said.

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