SPAIN: No Candy Drops

A bright half-moon shining on Madrid from a clear, starry sky helped intensify the bloody horror of Spain's Civil War last week. It meant that the capital's inhabitants, beleaguered for nearly four months, had no respite even at night from Generalissimo Francisco Franco's White bombers.

In a desperate attempt to save the Madrid-Valencia road at which Generalissimo Franco's troops had been hammering for a fortnight, General José Miaja, Madrid's "Supreme Commander," led his Red Militia in person in an offensive on the Jarama River front southeast of the capital. To ensure...

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