Source I the Italian Minister Plenipotentiary in Tangier to Count Ciano Italian Foreign Minister 19 August 1936

Speedy Italian commitment to ample assistance then permitted Franco to turn around his difficult predicament and gave him the freedom of movement to become master of Western Spain and occupy the Sierra de Guadarrama before the capital. But, from such positions, solid and important that they are, he can only with difficulty go forward and secure above all possession of the capital if he does not have new resources to make up the deficiencies in his armament and to balance the help constantly sent by the forces of international subversion, especially the French Popular Front.

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