But not outgunned. And even if outnumbered they still mobilised less "quintas" than the Republicans, so basically they were "outnumbered" because they allowed it to happen. That is, outnumbered or not, they have more than enough men and could have had more if they had wanted without resorting to enlisting foreign volunteers. On the other hand, there is no point in having more men if you don't have enough weapons for them.Sid Guttridge wrote:The Nationalists were nevertheless outnumbered until near the end.
They took it rather reluctantly and they also sent it away as soon as possible when they showed they were not of any value. But I think you are missing my point. It is not that they did not accept any volunteer that arrived, it's that they didn't show any interest in facilitating their arrival in Spain. Other than Moroccans (obviously Germans and Italians are a different matter), any other volunteer had to reach Spain by himself. There was no attempt to organize a recruitment campaing abroad.Sid Guttridge wrote: Furthermore, they took the Irish Battalion and any other foreign volunteers they got, so I doubt that there was reluctance on their part.