48th Division (People's Army of the Republic) - 48.ª División (Ejército Popular de la República)

48th Division
Active April 1938-March 1939
country Spain
Fidelity Spanish flag Spanish Republic
Rama/s Red star.svg Regular People's Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Wars and battles
Spanish Civil War

The 48th Division was one of the divisions of the People's Army of the Republic that were organized during the Spanish Civil War on the basis of the Mixed Brigades . It was deployed on the Levante front.


During 1937 there had already been a division on the Northern Front that used this numbering, the successor to the «1st Basque Division». [ n. 1 ]

On April 30, 1938, the division was recreated within the XVI Army Corps , [ 1 ] as a GERC reserve . After passing the period of instruction she was sent to the Levante front, as reinforcement to the republican units deployed there that were trying to stop the Francoist offensive against Valencia. The unit, made up of the 63rd , 201st and 202nd mixed brigades , was under the command of the May Inocencio Fernández López militias . [ 5 ] For some time she was attached to the XIX Army Corps. He would remain in the Levante area until the end of the war, without participating in relevant military operations.



Order of battle

Date Attached Army Corps Integrated Mixed Brigades Battle front
August 1937 XIV Army Corps 157.ª , 158.ª y 163.ª Santander
April 30, 1938 XVI Army Corps 201.ª , 202.ª y 203.ª General reserve
June 1938 XIX Army Corps 63.ª , 201.ª y 202.ª Levante
August 1938 XVI Army Corps 63.ª, 201.ª y 202.ª Levante

See also


  1. The division was originally commanded by Colonel Arturo Llarch Castresana , having Amilibia Machimbarrena as political commissar and the infantry commander José Barreiro Rodríguez as Chief of Staff. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] Following the command of the unit it would be assumed by the Carabinieri commander Ricardo Gómez García [ 3 ] and the largest militia Joseph Putz . When the Battle of Santander began , some units of the 48th Division withdrew their positions without fighting, leaving other units of the Republican Army abandoned.[ 4 ] The battalions that obeyed thePNV'sslogansheaded for Santoña, in accordance with the stipulations of the so-called "Pact of Santoña."



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