WAR IN SPAIN: Killing Blow

The armies of Rebel Generalissimo Francisco Franco marched up to Barcelona on three sides last week and, with no more than a sniper's fusillade, the biggest city in Spain fell. No European military action comparable to it had taken place since the Prussians took Paris in 1871, and, according to all calculations, the Spanish Rebels like the Prussians, had won their war.

Madrid had held out for two and a half years. But Madrid lies on a plain and behind a deep-cut river bed. Barcelona lies defenseless in a cup. Furthermore, when the Rebels tried to take Madrid in 1936...

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