WAR IN SPAIN: 14 Months

In the high mountains surrounding Gijón on the Bay of Biscay winter had already come last week. Rightist troops shivered along mountainous paths slippery with seven inches of snow, fought every inch of the way by indomitable but ill-equipped Asturian miners who heartily cheered the snow that bogged down their enemies' tanks and heavy artillery, grounded their planes. Rightist capture of Gijón seemed in expert military eyes inevitable, but if snow and bad weather continued that capture might be postponed for many weeks, possibly till spring. The slated siege of Gijón would likewise tie up many thousands of Rightist...