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They Shall Not Pass: The British Battalion at Jarama - The Spanish Civil War

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"Hughes (Conquer or Die! Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World) ably narrates the incredible story of the unlikely triumph of a heroic British battalion in the Spanish Civil War. The outlook for the Spanish Republic early in 1937 was not good. Madrid managed to hold out against the Nationalist forces of Francisco Franco, but its only lifeline was a single road that ran to the coast through the olive groves by the Jarama River. That February, the International Brigades, motley formations consisting of assorted antifascists and adventurers, were brought up for a long-awaited offensive to secure that road. But Franco's forces struck first, with the brunt following on a battalion of British volunteers. In three days of ferocious combat, the Brits took horrendous casualties as a result of ill discipline, poor training, cowardly and incompetent leadership, and political interference. By the third night, the Brits had had enough and launched a night counterattack that gave the Republicans a much needed tactical and propaganda victory. and Hughes fleshes out the individual combatants while placing their sacrifices in the strategic and historical context, although not without a tendency to engage in pro-Republican hagiography. 36 color and b&w illus.; maps. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Ben Hughes is the author 'CONQUER OR DIE! Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World' (Osprey 2010). Now an English Language lecturer and fluent in Spanish, he graduated from Leeds University in 1997, before spending several years teaching and travelling throughout South America. His passion for the continent and a lifelong interest in the Napoleonic era led to his first book, and his continuing fascination with Anglo-Hispanic relations has inspired this groundbreaking new book on Spain 's 20th century history, and the British who played a role in it. He now lives in North London with his Colombian wife.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781849085496
Author:
Hughes, Ben
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing (UK)
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Series:
General Military
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 MONO
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.44 x 6.32 x 1.08 in 1.34 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hughes (Conquer or Die! Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World) ably narrates the incredible story of the unlikely triumph of a heroic British battalion in the Spanish Civil War. The outlook for the Spanish Republic early in 1937 was not good. Madrid managed to hold out against the Nationalist forces of Francisco Franco, but its only lifeline was a single road that ran to the coast through the olive groves by the Jarama River. That February, the International Brigades, motley formations consisting of assorted antifascists and adventurers, were brought up for a long-awaited offensive to secure that road. But Franco's forces struck first, with the brunt following on a battalion of British volunteers. In three days of ferocious combat, the Brits took horrendous casualties as a result of ill discipline, poor training, cowardly and incompetent leadership, and political interference. By the third night, the Brits had had enough and launched a night counterattack that gave the Republicans a much needed tactical and propaganda victory. and Hughes fleshes out the individual combatants while placing their sacrifices in the strategic and historical context, although not without a tendency to engage in pro-Republican hagiography. 36 color and b&w illus.; maps. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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