Spanish dictator Franco 'only had one testicle'

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Adolf Hitler might not be alone among 20th century dictators in missing a sensitive part of his anatomy, it has been claimed.

A new book suggests that the Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco lost a testicle when injured on the battlefield in 1916, the same year that the future Nazi leader is believed to have suffered his own, much mocked, loss.

In a new book by the Spanish historian José Maria Zavala, Ana Puigvert, who is a doctor, is quoted claiming that her grandfather Antonio Puigvert, a urologist known to have had Franco as a patient, had told her that the dictator only had one testicle.

Biographers have often speculated that his injury affected the reproductive organs of the dictator, who ruled Spain following the Civil War of 1936-1939 until his death in 1975.

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