48 Mixed Brigade mystery

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48 Mixed Brigade mystery

Post by Spearfish » 23 Feb 2018 08:38

Can anyone help with the mystery of 48 Mixed Brigade (BM)? On-line sources, including one apparently based upon Engel's history of the mixed brigades, say it was created in March 1937. But in Martinez Bande's history of the Battle of Jarama it is shown in the Jarama valley in February 1937, apparently on the right wing of Pozas' Central Army. Was it destroyed there and reformed in March and, if so, who was the commander when it was in the Jarama?

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Re: 48 Mixed Brigade mystery

Post by Eugen Pinak » 23 Feb 2018 12:55

It definitely existed at the beginning of Jarama battle. Its commander was (till April 1937) coronel de Infantería don. Evelio Jiménez Orge. Note, that Engel says nothing of him in his book.

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Re: 48 Mixed Brigade mystery

Post by Ironmachine » 24 Feb 2018 09:58

Yes, the 48th Mixed Brigade did take part in the Battle of the Jarama. But it was placed to the west of the river, and it was almost completely destroyed there. It was recreated in March 1937 with new battalions, and that's why many sources take March 1937 as the date of creation of the brigade, as this was a new unit unrelated to the previous one but for the use of the same number.

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Re: 48 Mixed Brigade mystery

Post by Spearfish » 26 Feb 2018 16:27

Gentlemen
Very many thanks for your help and for solving a minor mystery

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