SPAIN: Shoes Before Surrender

The greatest advance made by either side since Madrid settled down to bloody siege (TIME, Nov. 9 et seq.) came last week when the defending Red Militia swarmed over the West Park in Madrid's northwest section, where the Whites had strongly entrenched themselves. This followed after three days of downpour had sent millions of gallons roaring down the Guadarrama and Manzanares Rivers, which overflowed into the White trenches. Gun carriages sank into seas of mud. Dripping wet and nipped by freezing cold, the White troops of Generalissimo Francisco Franco withdrew to higher ground, surrendering the waterlogged region to the...

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