40th Division (Franco's Army) - 40.ª División (Ejército franquista)

40th Division
Active 1938-1939
country Spain
Fidelity Spanish flag Uprising side
Rama/s Franco's Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
High command

Notable commanders
Saturnino González Badía
Wars and battles
Spanish Civil War

The 40th Division was a unit of the Francoist Army that fought in the Spanish Civil War , during which it would take part in the battles of Catalonia and Valsequillo .


The unit was created in May 1938, [ 1 ] within the Moroccan Army Corps , with infantry colonel Saturnino González Badía as commander and Chief of Staff Luis de Lamo Peris as Chief of Staff . [ 1 ] [ 2 ] The unit completed its organization phase to the 14 May. [ 2 ] A few days later, on the 22nd, he took over from the 150th Division in the Segre river sector [ 3 ] that ran from the confluence between the Segre and Ebro rivers toAlfarrás . [ 4 ]

He did not take part in the battles of Balaguer or the Ebro , remaining in reserve.

At the end of 1938 the unit took part in the offensive in Catalonia together with the rest of the Moroccan Army Corps. In January 1939, after the start of the battle of valsequillo-Peñarroya , the unit was sent as reinforcement to the front of Extremadura, [ 5 ] [ 4 ] taking part in the fighting bloody that developed and therefore Franco counter. On January 19, the forces of the 40th Division reconquered the Sierra del Risco [ 6 ] and subsequently continued to press into the bag, seizing Los Blázquez after overcoming the resistance of the 61st Divisionrepublican. [ 7 ]

The division would be dissolved after the end of the contest.



  • Besolí , Andreu; Sesalí , David; Hernández , Xavier; Íñiguez , David; Luque , Joan Carles (2005). Ebro 1938 . Barcelona: Inedita Editores. ISBN 84-96364-27-5 .
  • Engel , Carlos (2000). History of the divisions of the national army . Almena Editions.
  • Martínez Bande , José Manuel (1978). The Battle of the Ebro . Madrid: San Martín.
  • —— (1979). The Campaign of Catalonia . Madrid: San Martín.
  • —— (1985). The end of the Civil War . Madrid: San Martín. 84-7140-232-7 .
  • Moreno Gómez , Francisco (1985). The Civil War in Córdoba (1936-1939) . Córdoba: Alpuerto.