Clear skies have returned to the south of Spain and fuels renewed activity by both side.
However Nationalist attacks are hampered by limited supplies and a snap attack on Seville burns limited stocks.
The Republicans by contrast are very well supplied. Seville’s factories are isolated and dedicated to keeping the defenders well fed and supplied but all the other factories of Spain (except for Nationalist Oviedo) are pressed into war production. Furthermore up until the middle of this month France has had an open door policy towards the Republic.
Not only that but supplies are pouring in from the Soviet Union by sea fuelled not only by soviet oil but by communist fervour as one young naval recruit penned:
I am a brave sailor from the Red Navy
I am exactly 20 years old
I am sailing out into the vast expanse of the sea,
To bring the Great October to the whole of the world.
Oh, our noise and uproar,
Resound against the bourgeois shores
Our Soviet fleet is a stronghold
All the working people , forward!
Weather: Clear/Mud, Clear/Clear.
Supply: Seville feeds of GSPs. Teruel pocket 1-6 art 11L Isolated/U4, eliminated
Reinforcements: Conversion of 2Av delayed.
Delayed conversions of 2-5 inf 1 (Req) and 2-5 inf 3 (Req) occur and both are equipped to convert to 4-6 inf XX 1 (Req) and 4-6 inf XX 3 (Req).
Replacements: ½ SRP recovered.
1-6 inf 31, 1-6 sec 20GCm 1-10 art 10L form 3-6 inf Cadre 13. The cadre is then built to full strength with IRPs and appears as 7-6 inf XX 13.
3-2-6 inf 1LE, 1-8 cav 5, 1-6 bdr 9 Car, 1-8 mtn 4, 1-6 inf 22 all rebuilt.
Mine Damage; BBTF-1 hits mine. (+8VPs to Loyalists)
Moves: 3-4-5 inf XX 71 moves onto 108 mg art (CV), 2-1-8 art O and combines to overrun 1-6 inf 12 in 3512 (woods) @ 12:1
First Strategic Attack, first Terror bombing of war reaps rewards!
Sortie 1; SM.81 bombs Seville (3224) for 2VPs.
Sortie 2; He 51, Ju52g4e cut rail line at 3130.
Naval Activity: 4 NTs move to Vigo collect ASP and return it to Cadiz. In Exploitation; move to Vigo and joined by CATF. (Supplies have been landing at Vigo because it is on the rail net but limited rail cap means many are stockpiled at port. With failure of Seville attack NTs returned to load more for next attack on city).
Attack 1 3212 clear (Tomolleso). Unsupplied) 3-6 inf XX 2 Sor and 3-2-6 inf 3LE, 2-3-6 art 61, 7-6 inf XX 13 and 3-6 inf XX 1DLV (CTV), 1-10 lt tk Dro (KL) with Mxd T attack 2-6* inf 14 Mar (Int) @ 5:1 = HX. Lose 3LE. Advance XX 13.
Attack 2: 3511 clear (30 miles SE of Tomolleso) Supplied 4-6inf XX Mov, 2-1-8 cav 20 (Col) 2-1-8 cav 1E (Col) and 1-8 mg Ard (CTV), 1-8 lt tk Bab (CTV, unsupplied 3-4-5 inf XX 21, 2-1-8 art O attack 2-6*inf 2Ch, 1-2-5 inf Jou (An) @ 4:1 = DE. Advance 21st.
Attack 3 3224 (SEVILLE). Supplied 1-6 eng ZMO, 1-6 inf 24, 1-6 sec 24GC, 1-5 Cadiz (Fal) , 1-8 Aslt G (CTV) , 3-1-2 sg art Man (CTV), 4-3-6 art Leg (CTV)and 3-6 inf XX 2FN (CTV), 3-6 inf XX 3Lit (CTV), 3-6 inf XX 3PN (CTV), and 2-6 inf 3Ceu (Col), 2-6 inf 2Mel (Col), 2-6 inf Tdi (Col) 5-6 inf XX 11, 1-6 eng ZME attack 3-6* inf XX4, 1-4 inf Met (An ), 1-5 inf Mej (An), 1-2-6* inf 18, 1-6 sec 17GC, 1-6 art 2L, 3pt Garrison @ 2:1 (+1) = AS!
French border: Open
Supply: Seville Feeds off GSPs. No AS left to convert.
Replacements; ½ (PA), ½ 9(Int) SRP recovered.
1-2-5 inf Jou (An), 1-4 infs 3,4 (Bas) replaced. 1-2-6 sec 2GA , 1-6 inf 12 replaced and form 2-3-6o inf 5 then equipped to 3-6* 7*
At 3916 1-5 infs cast, Lar, AmL (An) and 0-1-6 art CNT(An) form 3-4-5* inf XX 26 (An)
3-6* inf XX 5 is placed at Seville.
1-2-7 mtn 130 (Cat) equipped to 2-7* mtn 130 (Cat)
Inf 5, 1-6 infs 2, 9 , 1-6 art 5L replaced and form 3-6 inf.*
*It occurs to me that the sequencing of this is critical to placement. It is permissible to rebuild and form/equip all in the same initial phase but if I rebuild and form and then place the new division as I have been doing then it can be placed anywhere that the relevant affiliation can be rebuilt BUT if the components are deemed replaced INDIVIDUALY the artillery regimental component would have to be rebuilt at a factory thus when the infantry components are added the division would appear at the factory. This latter seems overly restrictive but I wonder how others play?
Moves: 1-5 inf Met (An) eliminated in Seville for overstacking.
Sortie 1; R-5, A101 to Zaragoza, Intercepted by He.51. A101 Aborted. Mission to bomb airfield abandoned.
Sortie 2; Po.540, Bre.19, R-Z to bomb Jaen airport, Intercepted by CR32 Bis (CTV) BRe.19 Returned. R-Z, Po.540 bomb airfield and Hit Aborting Mxd T on the ground.
Sortie 3; Mxd F transfers to Seville
Attack1: 4818 mtn (SW of Grenada), Supplied 3-4-5* inf 26 (An), 3-6* 3 and 3-6* inf 14 (An) , 1-2-5 infs Jou, TL (An) , 1-5 inf Fan( An) and Unsupplied 1-8 bike 1, and 2-6* inf 4Ch, 1-6 mg 3 Attack 1-5 infs 1Gran, 2Gran (Fal) @ 6:1 (-3) = DH. (All Elim as no retreat) Advance 14 (An) , TL (An) Fan (An)
Attack2: 3511 clear (NW of Albacete) Supplied 1-8 tk 1, 2-1-8 tk 1, 4-6 inf XX 6, 3-4-5* inf 17, 3-4-5* inf 18, and 2-6 inf 12 Gar (Int), and unsupplied 2-3-5* inf 9 and 2-3-5* inf 16 attack 3-4-5* inf XX 21 @ 4:1 = DR (Elim as no retreat) Advance 16, 17.
Attack 3: 2630 mtn (NE of Huesca) Supplied 2-7* mtn 130 (Cat), 1-8 mtns 1,3, 3-6* inf XX 2, 1-6 art 11(Cat) and Unsupplied 2-3-5* infs 31, 32 (Cat), 1-8 cav (Buxo (Cat), 1-8 cav 4, 1-6 art 8L attack 1-6 inf 20, 1-5 inf 1Zar (Fal) @ 7:1 (-4) = DR. Advance 2-7* mtn 130 (Cat), 1-8 mtns 1,3, 1-6 art 11(Cat)