65th Division (People's Army of the Republic) - 65.ª División (Ejército Popular de la República)

65th Division
Active 1937-1939
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 65th Division was a unit of the People's Army of the Republic that existed during the Spanish Civil War , created on the basis of mixed brigades . It came to be deployed on the Madrid and Levante fronts.


The unit was created in the late summer of 1937, in front of the Center. The 65th Division, made up of the 36th and 42nd mixed brigades , came under the command of the militia major, Inocencio Fernández López . [ 1 ] During the following months he remained at the Madrid front without taking part in relevant military operations. [ n. 1 ]

In May 1938 the unit was sent as reinforcement to the Levante front, where the Francoist side had launched an offensive that sought to conquer Valencia. [ 3 ] He was commanded by the militia major Antolín Serrano García . [ 4 ] It was attached to the XIII Army Corps [ 5 ] and participated in the defense of the Port of Escandón . [ 6 ] Later it was integrated into the XVII Army Corps , together with the 40th and 25th divisions . [ 7 ]At the end of the fighting, it returned to the front of the Center, being assigned to the general reserve of the GERC . [ 8 ]

In January 1939 he participated in a failed offensive on the Madrid front that tried to support the republican offensive in Extremadura. [ 9 ] A few months later, during the Casado coup , the 65th Division - and in particular its 112th Mixed Brigade - played an important role in the first moments of the uprising, occupying the heights of Chamartín , Castellana , the Arenal street , the Puerta de Sol , the Plaza Mayor or the Nuevos Ministerios , where established his headquarters general. [ 10 ]



Order of battle

Attached Army Corps
Integrated mixed brigades
Battle front
December 1937 II Army Corps 36.ª y 42.ª Center
April 1938 II Army Corps 36.ª , 42.ª y 75.ª Center
June-July 1938 XIII Army Corps 43.ª y 61.ª Levante
February-March 1939 Reserve Gerco 18.ª , 112.ª y 200.ª Levante

See also


  1. On the Madrid front, the division was attached to the II Army Corps . [ 2 ]



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