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Month: April 2017

JUL II 1937

Game Report

The game seems to have reached a tipping point. The two sides are like a couple of drunks in a club brawl.  Each is delivering a right hook in the hopes that the next punch will be decisive but at the same time not having the strength to effectively parry the others blows. The Nationalists have the crucial rail junction at Aranjuez and threaten to strangle Madrid and the forces defending it. The Loyalists for their part have captured Catalayud and isolated the Nationalists left flank.  Both have realised that it may be easier to open new paths to their armies than reopen the old ones. Thus the Loyalists have turned due East from Catalayud and now have only one hex to clear on the rail line to Madrid. If they can open up this line it will make the whole Nationalist summer offensive be for nought. The Nationalist for their part have realised  rather late in the game that they should clear the south of Euzkadi.  This will open an alternative supply route to their left flank and form a springboard for the elimination of the Basques.

Both sides are running low on supplies and need to capitalise on the U2 status of their opponents, both have run out of Artillery RPs. The Loyalists seem to be holding the upper hand in the field but they have run out of manpower while the Nationalists can easily replace losses.

The game hangs in the balance…

FWtBT No 4 - JUL II 37

FWtBT No 4 – JUL II 37. Picture (c) 2017 by Ken Newall

Nationalists Turn

Weather; Weather: Clear/Clear, Clear/Rough in Atlantic.

Supply: Units north of Madrid go to U2. The left flank of the Nationalist line East of Zaragosa including the attack forces in south Euzkadi go U1.

Replacements: 1 SRP, ½ (col) SRP recovered.

2-6 inf 3Ceu (Col), 2-1-8 cav 2O (col), 3-2-6 infs 1LE, 2LE, 1-6 infs 19,30, 1-6 sec 23 GC,  Inf XX 22 replaced and equipped by art point to 3-4-5* inf XX 22.

1 Res pt expended for temp rail cap increase to 15.5

Naval Activity;  NTs transport  2-6 inf 3Ceu (col),  2-1-8 cav 2O (Col) to Malaga

Fleet and subs move to station in Mediterranean to intercept Loyalist Supply shipping.

Air Activity;

Sortie 1; He 45 hits rail line at 3505.

Sortie 2;  Mxd bomber bombs artificial harbour at Motril and inflict 2 Hits.

Sortie 3; CR.32Bis (CTV) escorts CR.32 on airfield bombing mission to Madrid. Intercepted by Mxd F who engages CR.32Bis (CTV).   CR.32Bis (CTV) Eliminates Mxd F. (+2 VPs) CR32 bombs airfield and misses.

All Republican Naval Patrols fail to make contact.

Attack 1: 2033 rough/fort (S Euzkadi)  Unsupplied 4-6 inf XX3  (Req) and  5-6 inf XX 4 (Req), 5-6 inf 71 and 3-2-6 inf 2LE, 1-8 mtns 4,7 , 1-6 mg 2, 1-8 lt 1, 1-6 art 12L with He 51 GS attack 2-4 infs 14,15 (Bas), 1-2-4 inf 2 @ 4:1 (-2) =  AR!. the gamble fails. 4-6 inf XX3 (Req) eliminated (no retreat path)

Attack2: 1902 rough/fort (S Euzkadi) Supplied 4-6 inf XX  1 (Req), 3-2-6 inf 1LE, 2-6 art 4P, 1-8 lt tk LE, 1-8 aslt G (CTV), unsupplied 2-5 inf 6 (Req) 2-5 inf AGM (Fal) with Ju 52g4e, SM 81 GS attack 2-3-4* inf XX5 (Bas) @ 5:1(-2) = DR. Advance 1 (Req), 6 (Req). Fort destroyed.

Attack 3: 2714 clear (NW of Toledo) Unsupplied 3-6 inf XX 2FN (CTV) and 1-6 infs 27,33 and 3-8 inf XX 3Lit (CTV) attack 2-6* inf 3Car (U2) @ 3:1 = AS

Attack 4; 3313 clear/fort  (E of Tomelloso) Supplied 5-6 inf XX 11, 4-6 inf XX Mov, 1-6 inf 28, 1-8 lt 5, 2-3-6 art 61, 2-1-8 cav 1E (Col) and 2-6 infs Tdi, 2Mel (Col) and unsupplied 1-6 eng ZMO, 1-6 art 4L attack 2-3-5 inf XX 42, 2-6* inf 2Ch at 4:1 (-1) = HX. Lose 28, 1E (Col).  Advance Mov, 61, ZMO

Attack 5:  2405 rough (40 miles SW of Soria) Unsupplied 2-3-5* inf XX 1Sor and 1-6 sec  24GC, 1-8 mg Ard (CTV), Supplied 4-6 inf XX 83 and 4-6 inf XX2 (Req), unsupplied 1-8 lt 6 attack 50-6 inf XX 11Ch @ 4:1 (-1) = HX. Lose 6,24,Ard (CTV). (+2 VPs to Loyalists). Advance  83 XX

FWtBT No 4 - JUL II 37

FWtBT No 4 – JUL II 37. Picture (c) 2017 by Ken Newall

Republican Turn

VPs (+15) for lack of gobernetos collapse.

Reinforcements:  Delayed art RPs attempt to land at Valencia 1 succeeds, 1 turned back.

2 AS points attempt t to land at Valencia both are turned back.

Replacements:  1 SRP recovered.

Mxd Fighter replaced.  2-3-5* inf XX 42 replaced.

Construction: Airfield built at 3619 (E of Guadix)

Attack 1; 2912 clear (E of Aranjuez)  Supplied 2-1-8 tks 1,2, 2-6 inf 15AL (Int), 2-6* inf cadre 45, 4-6 inf XX 6, 5-6 inf XX 46Ch, 1-2-6 art 4 and (over river) 2-6 eng ZM, 3-6* inf XXs 4, 68, Unsupplied  1-5 mech 2, 1-8 lt tk 1 Attack 3-6 inf cadre 13, 3-2-6 inf 3LE, 1-8 mb B (CTV), 3-1-2 sge art Man (Transported) (CTV) @ 3:1 (+1) = EX Lose ZM, XX 68, 15AL (Int).  Advance 1 tk, 45 (Int), 6 XX.

VPs  (+6) to Loyalist  (I have awarded VPs for the Transport unit)

Attack2; 2703 rough (W of Catalayud)  Supplied 5-6 inf XX 15 (Int), 2-6 nav 151, 2-6 art 2P, Unsupplied 1-8 mtn 6, 3-6* inf XX 1 and Supplied 2-6* inf 5Car, Unsupplied 4-6 inf XX 47, 1-2-6* infs 21,24, 3-6* inf XX 24 Attack 3-4-5 inf XX 31 @ 4:1 (-1) = Ex Lose 24 XX, 6 mtn. Advance 1 XX, 151 nv1, 2P art

JUL I 1937

Narrative: The War to Date

 

Victory Points:                                  Nationalists        Republicans

Previous Totals                                29                          30

Additions this Turn: Territory        25                          27

Interventionist Losses                                                  4

Naval Losses                                                                   12  (Includes  mine hits)

Terror Bombing                               4

Asturias Collapse                                                           15

Euzkadi collapse                                                            15

Santander collapse                                                        15

TOTALS JUL I 1937                          58                          118

Front Line (Loyalist):  Since January the Loyalists mainly with Anarchist units has pushed West into Andalucía and now controls Motril and surrounds Grenada on 4 sides.  The line then follows north and west along the mountain chains to 3712 (30 miles West of Albecete).  The line then turns north through  Alcazar de San Juan which the Loyalists still hold to the Tajea River then straight west to include  the mountain redoubt at 2616.The line then curves back east with the Loyalists occupying the Cordilla Cental.  At around 45 miles short of Catalayud the line south and around a 2 hex intrusion of Nationalists at the head of the Jiloca River turning east to the outskirts of Zaragoza which is now contacted on 3 hexes.  From Zaragoza the line runs east then north hooking over the road to the French town of Pau.

The Asturians control just 2 hexes, Gijon and immediately east.  Santander and Euzkadi are as yet free of Nationalist troops..

Nationalist View of the war since January.  Disappointment at the lack of progress from Jean. The initial attacks went well with some breakthroughs and yet the Loyalists still control the key town of Alcazar de San Juan. Progress has been made North and Toledo captured but without Alcazar any further move will be unsupplied even in summer.  Zaragoza still holds but the Republic is still a real and present danger and their attack towards Cataluyad has twice succeeded in cutting supplies to the Left flank and been beaten back only with the use of precious Attack Supply Points.

The need to contain this has meant that the attack on Euzkadi already far too late had been further delayed and the Loyalists are now amassing VPs for the loss of collapse of all 3 of the gobernetos (This is a result of solitaire play where VPs usually are not at the forefront of thinking. I should have abandoned the attack from Juan when it became tough and used the troops from the Fall of Seville to start attacking the gobernetos)

Plans for the rest of 1937 – Central Front to capture Aranjuez to eliminate Madrid as a source of supply and clear the railroad south to Alcazar de San Juan to maintain supplies to the troops around Toledo ready for winter.

To force the collapse of Euzkadi and Santander.

To use Navy more aggressively to starve Loyalists of supplies.

Loyalist View of the War since January– Very pleased with the stiffening resistance and blunting of the main Nationalist Attack from Jean and of the progress of the attack to Catalayud and on the secondary front at Grenada.  Allowing the loss of Toledo was a mistake but the breakthrough has been contained and force levels are building.  All Gobernetos are at full strength except for the shortage of art points which is preventing the Equipping of Divisions

Plans for the rest of 1937. Defensive posture to be maintained on the Central front with Madrid protected at all costs.   Local counterattacks authorised at full supply to stabilise the front at its current position.  No pasarán!

The capture of Catalayud remains the primary attack focus. Secondary front in Andalucía to continue.  Aim is to encircle Grenada and besiege unless direct assault becomes necessary.

The accrual of Gobernetos VPs is to be continued as long as possible.

FWtBT No 4 - JUL I 37

FWtBT No 4 – JUL I 37. Picture (c) 2017 by Ken Newall

 

Nationalists Turn

Weather: Clear/Clear, Clear/Rough in Atlantic.

Supply; All units in full general supply.

Reinforcements: All divisions arrive Equipped. Delayed conversions; Bab.

Replacements: ½ SRP recovered.  1-8 cav 5, 1-6 sec 10GC replaced.

Pacification; Toledo

Naval Activity:  NT-5 transports 2-6 inf 9Arc (Col) to Malaga

BBTF-1, CATF sail for 1832 (A 101 out of Cartagena fails to Contact) with the intent to prepare for NGS.  Reaction move by BBTF-3, LtTF-1 (Bas) succeeds initiating the first Naval Combat of the war.   Both sides allocate ships to main body.

Bay of Biscay is Rough so strengths are  halved ;  BBTF, CATF (Nat)  1.5,  BBTF-1 (PA) 1, LtTF (Bas) 0.5

Round 1. Nationalist Fleet makes one 3pt attack on BBTF-1 and misses.  Loyalists make one 1pt attack on BBTF-1 and miss.  Nationalists attempt to disengage and fail.

Round2;  Nationalists make two 1pt attacks against BBTF and one 1pt attack against LtTF-1 (Bas)   and score 1 HIT on each!. Sinking LtTF-1 (Bas).( +8 VPs).  Loyalists make one 1 point attack on BBTF-1 and fail.

Both sides elect to disengage. Loyalist TF sails to Bilbao.

Nationalist TF sails to mission hex and prepares for NGS.

Air Activity: Sortie 1; Mxd B hits rail line @ 4214

Sortie 1; He 51 (KL) flies to 1735 (Bibao) and bombs crippled BBTF-1 in Port. Survives AA fire and Hits TF which sinks. (+4 VPs)

Sortie 2; CR.32, CR 32bis (CTV) fly to 2710 (Madrid) on airfield bombing mission. Intercepted by Mxd F which engages Cr.32bis (CTV) and is Aborted.

Attack 1: 1832 rough/fort.  Supplied 5-6 inf XX 4 (Req), 4-6 inf XX 3 (Req), 5-6 inf XX 71, 3-2-6 infs iLE,3LE, plus 3 pts NGS  Attack 1-2-4 inf 1 (Bas), 1-6 eng 1 (Bas), 2-3-4* inf XX61 (Bas) @ 5:1 (-2) = EX

Lose 1LE,2LE. Advance 3 (Req)  4(Req)

Attack 2; 2911 clear, (Alanjuez) Supplied  6-6 inf XX 52, 2-6 inf 3Ceu (Col) , 2-1-8 cav O (Col) , 2-3-6 art 61, unsupplied 2-1-8 art O and Supplied 2-1-8 lt tk Bab (CTV), 1-8 mb B (CTV), 1-10 lt tk Dro (KL), 4-3-6 art Leg (CTV) ( Transported) , 3-1-2 sg art Man (CTV) , 4-3-6 art Leg (CTV), 3-6 inf cadre 13 Attack  6-6 inf XX 45 (Int), 4-5* inf 17 @ 3:1 (+1) =  DH.  Cadre 45 (Int).  Advance 52 XX, O, Bab, B, Leg  (CTV) Dro (KL)

Exploitation:  BBTF-1, CATF move to Mediterranean replenishing en-route and join with submarines (CTV) to continue  naval blockade of Loyalist Ports.

Republican Turn:

Victory Points:  None collapse of Gobernetos (+15 VPs))

Supply; Madrid – no longer connected.   North West section of Loyalist Front U1.

Ideological  Purification;  Completed for all point and reference cities in Catalonia

Reinforcements; 2 Delayed Art RPs attempt to land at Barcelona 0.5 are returned.  1 Delayed ASP attempts to land at Barcelona 1 is turned back.  4 art RPs attempt to land at Barcelona  1.5 are tuned back . 4 ASPs attempt to land at Barcelona 1 is turned back. 1 Res Pt attempts to land at Tarragona and succeeds.

All divisions appear equipped. Delayed Upgrade; 1-8 Cav 4 to 2-1-8 cav 1

Replacements: ½ SRP (PA), ½ SRP (ASt), 1 SRP (Bas) recovered.

1-6 mg 4, 1-6 inf 13, 1-6 bdrs 4Car, 10Car, 1-6 art 3L replaced and form 5-6 inf XX46Ch.

2-3-4* inf XX 6 replaced and equipped with 0.5 art at Bilbao. Mxd F repaired

1-2-5 infs 1,2 (Cat) form  Inf XX 30 (Cat) which is equipped with 0.5 art RP to 3-4-5* inf XX 30 (Cat)

Fort Construction: 3211 (Alcazar De San Juan.

Air Activity;  Naval  Patrols fail to make contact.

1-16/t5, 1-15/t22 Hit Zaragoza airfield which is now 0 capacity.

Attack1: 3011 clear (SW Aranjuez) Supplied 2-6* inf cadre 45 (Int), 1-8 tnks 6,10  and

4-6 inf XX 6, 5-6 inf 46ch Unsupplied, 2-3-5* inf XX 4 and Supplied 2-1-8 tnks 1,2, 2-6 inf 15AL (Int), 2-6* inf 12Gar (Int), , Unsupplied 3-6* inf XX70, 4-6 inf XX65, 1-2-6 art  Attack , 2-18 cav20 (col), 2-6 inf 3Ceu (Col), 2-3-6 art61 @ 3:1 (+!) = DH lose cav 20, 3Ceu. Advance 6, 41, 70, 15AL (Int)

Attack 2: rough ( Catalayud) Supplied 5-6 inf 15 (Int), 3-6* inf XX 24, 1-2-6* infs 21,24, 2-6 art 2P and 4-6 inf XX 47, 3-6* inf 1, 2-6* inf 5Car, 2-6 nvl 151, 1-8 mtn art 1 Attack 5-6 inf XX 51, 1-8 lt 6 @ 4:1 (-1) = DR Advance  3-6* inf XX 24, 1-2-6* infs 21,24, 4-6 inf XX 47, 2-6* inf 5Car, 2-6 nvl 151.

Naval Activity; NT-3 Transports 1 art pt from Gijon to Bibao, returns and transports second to Bilbao harbour side.

Exploitation phase; NT-3 offloads art RP at Bilbao and returns to Gijon.

JUN II 1937

Narrative

It is said that an army marches on its stomach.  Certainly a civilian population needs food to survive and support a cause.  The Food Committees had their deficiencies but their disbanding by Joan Comorera the Communist Governor did not improve the situation with hoarding and profiteering rife.  The communist groups blamed the agricultural collectives and food riots and unrest outside Barcelonan shops were increasingly commonplace often queues started at 4 o’clock in the morning. Increasingly violent methods were desperately used to maintain control with the Assault Guard often charging mounted into crowds and rifle butting hungry, desperate housewives. The communists then demanded that the Catalonian forces be disarmed and fully integrated into regular units. The POUM realised that they may be next and even believed in some circles that the People’s Front was hatching a secret plot to join with the Nationalist against them.   Andreu Nin leader of the POUM was perversely pleased that pressure was building hoping that the Anarchists would join him in an attack “on the counter –revolution”.  The battle lines of the so called “events of June” were being drawn.

FWtBT No 4 - JUN II 37

FWtBT No 4 – JUN II 37. Picture (c) 2017 by Ken Newall

Nationalist Turn

Weather: Clear/Clear, Clear/Rough in Atlantic

VPs; Republicans Gain 15 VPs for loss of Goberneto Collapse

Supply: No change

Replacements: 1-8 mtn 8

Air Activity: Mxd B cuts rail in 4015. Ju52 4ge Hits Lerida airfield aborting R-5. Cr 32 Bis (CTV) and Cr 32 Hit Albecete airfield.

Po.540 on Naval Patrol contacts SS-2 (CTV) but misses. SB-2 on Naval Patrol Contacts SS-3 (CTV) and Hits sinking a sub (+4 VPs)

Naval Activity; Nationalist Combat ships and subs (CTV) reposition further out at sea to minimise Naval Patrol interception.

Moves:  Nationalists considered very carefully whether to pull out of the salient @ 2835 (South of Catalayud) or counterattack 2802 or 2834.  In the event they decided to pursue the long overdue attack on the Basques and left an overrun proof delaying force in 2805.

Attack 1: 1932 rough/dot city (San Sebastian) Supplied 5-6 inf XX 4 (Req), 4-6 inf XX 3 (Req), , 1-8 lt inf 1, Unsupplied 1-6 art 12L and Supplied 5-6 inf XX 71, 1-8 lt tk LE, 3-2-6 infs iLE,3LE, Unsupplied 1-5 mech 1 Attack 3-4-4* inf XX 4 (Bas), 2-3-4* inf XX 1 (Bas) and 1pt unsupported garrison @ 3:1 (-1) = AR.

Attack 2: 2913 rough (“Toledo Pocket”) All adjacent Units Unsupplied Attack Isolated U1 2-3-5* inf 23 @ 5:1 (-1) = DR Eliminated as surrounded.  Advance 1-6 infs 28, 29, 1-8 lt 5, 2-3-6 art 61

Republican Turn

Supply; All in supply

Barcelona Revolts!. ½ SRP recovered from POUM disarmament.

Reinforcements; 4  Delayed Art RPs attempt to land at Barcelona 2 are returned.  4 Delayed ASPs attempt to land at Barcelona 1 is turned back.

4 Replacements: 2-3-5 inf XX 23 replaced. Mxd F Repaired.

Air Activity; Po540, SB-2, A-101, R-Z on Naval Patrol.  I-16/t5 hits Zaragoza airfield (2 hits currently)

Naval Activity; NT-3 transports 1 Res Pt from Gijon to Bilbao.

Moves:  All rolling stock is commandeered to move People’s Army troops to suppress the revolt in Catalonia.

1-6 inf 1Exp (Ast) , 4Exp (Ast) eliminated for over-stacking

Attack 1: 2835 rough (W of Zaragoza) Unsupplied 3-6* inf XXs 1,19, 2-6* inf 5Car and 3-6* inf 5, 1-6 mg 4, 1-6 sec 5GC, 1-8 mtn 6, 1-6 inf 13, 1-8 mtn art 1 and , (over mtn  hexside) 4-6 inf XX  47, 5-6 inf XX 15 (Int) and (over mtn hexside) 2-6 art 2P, 1-2-6* infs 21,24, 3-6* inf XX 24 Attack 1-6 infs 19, 30 , 1-8 cav 5 @ 4:1 (-1) =  HX. Lose mg4, 13. Advance 15 (Int), 6 mtn .

The republic in peril

No, not current politics I am talking about: Ken Newall’s game report of his solitary “For Whom The Bell Tolls” has progressed into the summer of ’37 now, and I can only recommend reading it!

Thats all for today :)

JUN I 1937

Narrative:

Alfonso Rossi aboard the submarine Iride of the Regia Marina was glad of the action. They had been patrolling the Western Mediterranean for months running on the surface and submerging if ever an enemy aircraft showed itself, although this was a rare spot of excitement in an otherwise eventless mission. They were protecting troop convoys from Morocco to the mainland and ensuring the Republican navy did not put in an appearance to interrupt their supplies but a sighting of a Republican combat vessel was even rarer than an aircraft sighting.

But last week the orders had changed and they had sailed to loiter off the coast of Spain in the region of Barcelona.  Their mission was to deter and sink if possible Republican supply ships avoiding neutral non-combatants.

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FWtBT No 4 – JUN I 37. Picture (c) 2017 by Ken Newall

Alfonso’s first encounter came at dawn on the 4th June.  As lookout his eyes were straining to the East where Russian merchantmen were on route. They employed a number of disguises to mask their true purpose such as sporting dummy funnels and the Soviet crews were even seen on deck in sunglasses and casual jackets strolling around the decks as if on holiday.

Their first torpedo crossed the bow of the cargo ship intentionally missing by just 100 yards – it was enough. The large vessel turned to starboard and made speed back on its previous route.  A number more followed suite as the Iride surfaced in plain sight of the unarmed merchantmen.

Assured their work was done they submerged once more and sped back into their patrol pattern their position hidden against enemy aircraft patrols which Alfonso knew would soon be dispatched.

Next time perhaps they would be the prey.

FWtBT No 4 - JUN I 37

FWtBT No 4 – JUN I 37. Picture (c) 2017 by Ken Newall

Nationalists Turn

Weather: Clear

VPs; Republicans Gain 15 VPs for loss of Goberneto Collapse

Supply; The whole left wing of the Nationalist force from Zaragoza to the San Sebastion outskirts are U1

Reinforcements: All Divisions appear Supported

Replacements: 2 SRP (Nat), ½ SRP (Col) recovered.

3-2-6 infs 1LE, 3LE, 2-1-8 cavs 1E, 2O (col) 1-6 sec 18GC , He51 (KL) Replaced

Spend 1 Res Pt to increase capacity (Temp)  by 5 REs

Air Activity;  He51, Ju52g4e, SM.81 assemble for AS over Calatayud, intercepted by I-16/t5 who engages Ju 52 g4e both Returned.

CR32 bombs Albacete and aborts R-Z,  Ro 37 breaks rail junction at 3709 (S of Albacete)

Naval Activity:  NT-2, 4, 5 transport ASP to Cadiz.  NT-2 Joins NT-1 at Ceuta and transports 2-1-8 cav 1E to Malaga. Returns to Ceuta in Exploitation phase.  NTs 2,4 transport 2-1-8 cav 1E from Ceuta to Malaga disembarking in Exploitation phase and move to Ceuta.

BBTF-1, CATF move to 4511 (off shore @ Cartagena), SS-1 moves to 4306 (offshore Alicante), SS-2 moves to 3903 (off shore  @ Valencia),  SS-3 moves to 3725 (off shore Barcelona)

Attack 1; 2813 clear (outside Toledo) Unsupplied 3-6 inf XX 3PN, 2FN (CTV) , 3-8 inf 3Lit (CTV), and 1-8 lt 5, 1-6 inf 29, 2-1-8 art o, 1-8 ast G (CTV), 1-8 hvy AA Vian (CTV), 1-6 inf 28, 1-6 art 61 attack 3-6* inf 40 @ 3:1 = DH.  Advance 3PN, 2FN, Vian,.

Attack2; 2912 clear (outside Toledo) Supplied 6-6 inf XX 52, 3-6 inf cadre 13, 3-2-6 inf 3LE, 3-1-2 sge art Man (CTV),Transported  4-3-6 art Leg (CTV), 1-8 lt tk Bab (CTV), 1-10 lt tk Dro (KL), 1-8 mb B (CTV) and 5-6 inf XX 11 Attack 1-5 mech 2, 6-6 inf XX35 (Int), 2-6 eng ZM @ 3:1 = DR  Advance 11, 13 cdre, Dro, Bab, B, Leg

Attack 3: 2032 rough (outside San Sebastian) Unsupplied 5-6 inf XX 4 (Req), 4-6 inf XX3 (Req), 5-6inf XX 71, 1-6 mg 2 and 1-5mech 1, 1-8 lt tk LE, 1-6 art 12L, 1-6 inf 23 attack 1-6 infs 21, 1-6 bdr 10 Car, 1-6 sec 12GC @ 6:1 (-1) = DE. Advance 4th xx.

Attack 4: 2702 rough (Catalayud) Supplied 1-8 cav 5, 4-6 inf 2 (Req), and 3-2-6 inf 1LE, 2LE 4-6 inf XX 83 and 3-4-5* inf 12 and 1-8 lt 1, 1-8 mrtn 4, 1-8 mtn art 2, 1-6 inf 30, 3-4-5* inf 72, unsupplied 1-6 inf 19, 1-8 lt 9 and supplied 5-6 inf XX 51 and He  51 (KL), SM.81 (CTV) attack 4-6 inf XX 34, 3-4-5* inf XX 27CM, 1-2-6* inf 23 @ 3:1 (-1) = DR (Nationalists breathe a sigh of relief). No retreat path all Eliminated.  Advance 12, 72

Exploitation: Transported  4-3-6 art Leg (CTV), 1-8 lt tk Bab (CTV), 1-10 lt tk Dro (KL), 1-8 mb B (CTV)move to Toledo and overruns  Garrison.

Republicans Turn

Supply; Nationalists all supply restored.  Republican 2-3-5*inf XX at 2913 Isolated U1, mountain redoubt at 2616 U1

Reinforcements:  4-6 inf XX 47 arrives supported. 2-5oinf XX 44 (Cat) Unsupported

Naval Interdiction: 6 ½ art points attempt to land at Barcelona  4 are turned back. 6 Supplies attempt to land 4 are Turned back.

Replacements: 5 SRP recovered.

2-6* infs 130Dom, 14Mar (Int), 1-6 bdr 10Car, 1-6 inf 21 replaced and Form 6-6 inf XX

4-6inf XX 34, 3-4-5* inf 27CM XX, 3-6*inf XX 40 1-6 eng 2, 1-6 sec 22GC, R-Z Replaced.  1-2-4 infs 1, 13 (Ast) replaced.

Air Activity; Po540, SB-2, A-101,R-Z on Naval Patrol

Naval Activity: NT-1 with LtTF1, BBTF-2  accompanying Transports 1 Res Pt to San Sebastion and 1 to Bibao from Gijon

Attack 1: 3920 (rough( Outskirts Grenada) Supplied 3-6* inf XX 40(An) (An), 3-4-5* inf XX 26 (An), Unsupplied  2-5 inf Durr (An), 1-2-5 infs 147, TL(An) , 1-5 inf Fan (An) Attack  2-6 inf 8Rif (Col), 1-6 inf 31, 1-8 cav VMS (Fal) , 0-5 cons’ 2,4  @ 3:1 (-1) = DR. Advance  26,TL,Durr

Attack 2; 2834 rough (Outskirts of Zaragoza) 3-6* infs 1,5,19, 2-6*5Car, 1-8 cav 4, 1-6 art 7L, unsupplied 1-6 sec 3GC and  unsupplied 1-6 art 6L, 2-6 nvl 151 Attack 3-6* inf 3Sor, 0-1-5 cons 1 (Fal) @ 4:1 (–1) =  DR. Advance 3-6* infs 1,19, 1-8 cav 4, 1-6 art 7L, 1-6 sec, 2-6 nvl 151