THE SPANISH REBELS AND FOREIGN AID. C 30 Oct
(An Uncensored and Unbiassed Report).
The "New York Times" of the 30th October published an article cabled from London by their correspondent Frank Kluckholm who has just arrived from Spain. The following is an extract from this article:
"The insurgent army which step by step is beating its way to the capital is not the same as the one that began the rebellion. The backbone of Franco's Army is now Italian, German and Moorish. Italian and German planes numbering more than 100, Italian tanks numbering more than 40 and Moorish troops equipped with foreign ammunition have been able to smash Madrid's elaborately prepared defences, while Italian officers in their own country's uniforms may now be seen in many parts of Franco's lines.
"Undoubtedly Madrid received French and Russian help but this help was neither so complete nor so effective as that given to the insurgents by other powers. As this writer has just arrived in London from the war areas, it is possible for the first time to give information regarding the scope of foreign activities in Spain which is scarcely realised abroad. It was impossible to send this information from Spain or Portugal which is as much a part of the war zone as Spain itself, with all the news referring to the war being censored and one American correspondent jailed for 9 days for getting around the rigid Portuguese news control.
Increasing Rebel Arms.
"To indicate the number of aeroplanes received by Franco from Germany and Italy together with pilots, it is only necessary to quote the rebels themselves. The Corunna radio recently announced that 160 insurgent planes flew over the capital. These figures speak for themselves when it is recalled that Franco had a maximum of 15 planes when the revolt began. Actually these planes can now be seen in any part of the insurgent zone which one may visit while their foreign pilots make no bones regarding their activities.