WAR IN SPAIN: Fall of the City

Heavy snow was falling in Madrid early this week. The city was without fuel, disease was rampant, 1,000,000 Madrileños were half-starved. No restaurant served meals, no bars had drinks. Lentils and dried beans were all anyone could get to eat, and precious little of them. A daily average of 2,000 were reported dying of hunger and sickness. Communications with Valencia, Alicante, Cartagena— warmer cities on the coast—had broken down. No railroad trains ran for there was no coal. No buses moved, for the gasoline supply had given out. Order, direction, organization had broken down.

The lingering hope of the dispirited...

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