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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 10 June 8, 1938



Pat showed us with the aid of a map exactly why Franco could not and would not win. "At present." he said, "fighting is taking place very near to the coast, and the line comes through Fraga to Marella. on the North Aragon front. If the Government forces have the armies at Negrin they are stated to have, they should be able to defeat the half million Fascists occupying a small salient. On the Madrid sector North Madrid is clear and the Government still holds a sector of the Jarama River. The Government has cut off all contact with the University City, and does not consider it policy to take it by force of arms. Franco is afraid that the French frontier will open up because if that happens. It means the end of the war.

The Government is superior in man power, though they are pitifully short of arms. Although Government forces hold only one third of the territory, three-quarters of the population are concentrated in it. The fact that there are seven million refugees in Catalonia alone shows this clearly.

Franco has occupied Teruel for sixteen months and Is still forty miles from the coast."