Alto De Leon 1 - Spanish Civil War
Alto De Leon 1By Joao Lima
|First Side:||Republican Spain|
|Second Side:||Nationalist Spain|
As the military uprising failed, Gen Mola's forces, based in Navarra, begun a series of operations. One of such operations targeted Madrid. Mola intended to approach the capital through the northern Sierras. To this purpose he split his forces on a series of columns.
The third of Gen Mola's columns had the objective of taking the Alto de Leon. This they did since the troops and militia defending it panicked and fled at their approach on the 22nd. On the 24st an Republican counter-attack force was assembled, under Col Carrasco and promptly counter-attacked. After taking an high area to the south of the Alto de Leon, convinced of their superiority in weapons and numbers, the Republicans, under the watchful eye of Gen Riquelme advanced.
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