Alberto Bayo y Giroud (1892 in Camagüey – 1967 in Havana) was a Cuban military leader of the defeated left-wing Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War. He was also a poet and essayist.
He was born in Cuba and studied in the United States and Spain. Bayo's most significant action during the Spanish Civil War was his invasion and retreat from the islands of Ibiza and Majorca.
After that war was lost, Bayo had a furniture factory in Mexico, and is said to have been an instructor at the Military Academy of Guadalajara. Bayo had contact in Mexico with prominent Latin American revolutionaries, and was associate/mentor of some, including Ernesto Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. While it is not known if he continued direct contact with Soviet Union agents such as "Comandante Carlos Contreras" Vittorio Vidali after the war was lost in Spain, both were present in Mexico for throughout the same period.
Alberto Bayo died a General of the Cuban Armed Forces.
Bayo as author and poet
Cualquier cosilla (poetry), Spain, 1911
Mis cantos de aspirante (poetry), Spain, 1911
Cadetadas (poetry), Spain, 1912
Canciones del Alkázar (poetry), Spain, 1914
Juan de Juanes (novel), Spain, 1926
Uncida al yugo (novel), Spain, 1926
Dos años en Gomara, Spain, 1928
La guerra será de los guerrilleros, Spain, 1937
El tenorio laico (poetry), Spain, 1938
Mi desembarco en Mallorca, Mexico, 1944
Tempestad en el Caribe, Mexico, 1950
Cámara, México (history), 1951
El caballero de los tristes destinos (capitán Alonso de Ojeda), México, 1953
Magallanes, el hombre más audaz de la tierra, Mexico, 1953
150 preguntas a un guerrillero, Mexico, 1955
Fidel te espera en la Sierra (poetry), Mexico, 1958