SPAIN: Pushover Victory

Generalissimo Francisco Franco moved into the spotlight on the Spanish civil war stage last week, took personal command of the drive on Santander, last important Loyalist stronghold on the Biscay coast. Anxious to bolster his prestige, chubby Franco stood behind his lines, watching as his Rightists, Moors, Italian "volunteers" rolled down the sloping hills toward Santander.

Playing opposite Leading-Man Franco were the Italian Generals Sandro Piazzoni, Attilio Teruzzi, former commander of Il Duce's Fascist Militia, eager to avenge the Italian rout at Guadalajara (TIME, March 22 et seq.), the ignominious chasing by Basque fishwives during the Bilbao siege (TIME, June 28)....

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