6th Division (People's Army of the Republic) - 6.ª División (Ejército Popular de la República)

6th Division
Active December 31, 1936 - March 27, 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 6th 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 fronts of Madrid, Levante and Extremadura, having an outstanding participation during the contest.


The division was created at the end of 1936, within the Madrid Army Corps . Composed of the 4th , 42nd and 43rd mixed brigades , it was initially under the command of Carabinieri Lieutenant Colonel José María Galán . [ 1 ] Many of the division's forces had played a prominent role in the defense of Madrid . [ 2 ]

Later, the unit would be assigned to the II Army Corps , remaining assigned to the Madrid front without actually taking part in relevant military operations. In the spring of 1938 it was reorganized and attached to the XXI Corps of the People's Army of the Republic , being sent to the Levante front to face the Francoist offensive that sought to conquer Valencia. After the end of the fighting in the Levant it was subjected to a reorganization, remaining in reserve. [ 3 ] In August the division was sent as reinforcement to the Extremadura front, to face the Francoist offensive in this sector. [ 4 ][ 5 ] It was affected by theVII Army Corps, participating in the republican counterattacks that managed to stabilize the situation and regain ground. [ 4 ] After completing the operations, she would be assigned to theXX Army Corps, in Levante.

In late 1938 he was assigned to the Group "Toral" , [ 6 ] [ 7 ] on the front of the south, in preivisión of their future participation in the battle of Valsequillo . On the morning of January 5, 1939, the 6th Division was one of the units that broke through Franco's lines, entering enemy territory. [ 8 ] Later he would concentrate his efforts on the "Sierra Trapera", one of the nuclei of Franco's resistance, launching numerous attacks against it. [ 9 ]


Chiefs of Staff

Order of battle

Date Attached Army Corps Integrated Mixed Brigades Battle front
December 31, 1936 Madrid Army Corps 4.ª , 42.ª y 43.ª Center
May 1937 II Army Corps 4.ª , 42.ª y 43.ª y 75.ª Center
December 1937 II Army Corps 43.ª , 75.ª y 149.ª Center
April 1938 XXII Army Corps 74.ª , 107.ª y 209.ª Levante
April 30, 1938 XXI Army Corps 107.ª , 129.ª y 209.ª Levante
August 11, 1938 XXI Army Corps 107.ª , 209.ª , 220.ª Levante
November 1938 XX Army Corps 107.ª, 209.ª, 220.ª Levante
January 1939 Group «Toral» 107.ª, 209.ª, 220.ª Estremadura

See also



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  • —— (1985). The End of the Civil War . Madrid: Ed. San Martín.
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