Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Spanish Civil War: Day-by-Day: 13th December 1936 – 15th January 1937

THE BATTLE FOR THE CORUNNA ROAD

As the frontal attack upon Madrid had failed, the Nationalists now tried to tighten the siege and to cut off the capital from the rest of Republican Spain. On 13th December General Jose Varela launched an offensive towards the Corunna Road, which runs 25 miles to the North of Madrid. Between 3rd and 15th January his forces held a 7 mile stretch of the road against fierce attacks by Republican troops, but as casualties mounted on both sides, it became apparent that the situation had become a stalemate.

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