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Catalog number 1997.2.1592
Object Name Clipping, Newspaper
Description TITLE: Franco Picked Troops Mass For Sea Drive PUBLISHER: By Associated Press
HENDAYE, France (At the Spanish Frontier), Feb. 23. Picked Spanish insurgent troops moved into positions on the Teruel Valencia highway tonight to await a signal from Generalissimo Francisco Franco for a drive through government territory toward the Mediterranean Sea.
Although strongly entrenched government forces stood between them and the coast Franco's troops were said by military observers to be in a far better position to strike than before the government fighters took Teruel in December, only to lose the city again yesterday.
The new insurgent strength lay in the conquest of the Alhambra river valley, north of Teruel, where government mountain positions previously constituted a threat to left wing insurgent operations.
Government leaders declared on the other hand their positions overlooking mountain passes, were "ideal" for defensive purposes and virtually were invincible. They took up the positions yesterday after evacuating the provincial capital, 160 miles east of Madrid.
The insurgents said their forces advancing from Teruel had progressed to El Castellar, 15 miles directly east and through Castralvo, three miles to the southeast.
Cataloged by Boudreault, Art