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

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In 1937 a group of idealistic British volunteers sailed from England to fight thedark threat of dictatorship in Spain. In the olive groves of Jarama they achieved the first victory against Franco’s army. It was Fascism’s first defeat. Hardly remembered today, it was possibly the crucial military turning point of the 20th century. For the first time, Ben Hughes reconstructs the battle in a vivid blow-by-blow account, and considers its fascinating aftermath. This near forgotten struggle, which took place in ...

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

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Overview

In 1937 a group of idealistic British volunteers sailed from England to fight thedark threat of dictatorship in Spain. In the olive groves of Jarama they achieved the first victory against Franco’s army. It was Fascism’s first defeat. Hardly remembered today, it was possibly the crucial military turning point of the 20th century. For the first time, Ben Hughes reconstructs the battle in a vivid blow-by-blow account, and considers its fascinating aftermath. This near forgotten struggle, which took place in February 1937 south of Madrid, proved for the firsttime that fascism and its ilk, which up until then had steamrollered all opposition from the Rhineland to Addis Ababa, could in fact be stopped.
 
Although the Spanish Republicans would eventually lose the Civil War, their efforts, and those of the International Brigades who fought alongside them, paved the way for the more celebrated victories that followed. Without them, 20th century history would have followed a very different course. This lively account fromthe author of Conquer or Die! is sure to interest any reader wishing to learn more about this tumultuous period in world history.

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"They Shall Not Pass [is] an outstanding and detailed account of a little-known conflict." - The Midwest Book Review (September 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849085496
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note 7

List of Illustrations 9

List of Maps 12

Preface 13

Introduction 15

Dramatis Personae 26

Part 1 'A Crowd of Boy Scouts' 35

Chapter 1 First Blood 36

Chapter 2 Departures 46

Chapter 3 Training 56

Chapter 4 The Advance 65

Chapter 5 White House Hill 78

Part 2 Death Stalked the Olive Groves 87

Chapter 6 'The bodies were rolling down the hill' 88

Chapter 7 Retreat! 98

Chapter 8 'The Moors were mowed down in scores' 109

Chapter 9 The Dark 117

Chapter 10 Dawn 127

Chapter 11 The Feint 138

Chapter 12 Capture! 146

Chapter 13 The Second Night 155

Chapter 14 Tank Attack! 161

Chapter 15 The Great Rally 172

Part 3 Conclusions 179

Chapter 16 From Jarama to Brunete 180

Chapter 17 The Nationalist Breakthrough 197

Chapter 18 The Ebro Offensive and the Farewell Parade 206

Epilogue: Back to Britain 213

Appendix 1 The Battlefield Today 232

Appendix 2 Order of Battle 233

Notes 240

Bibliography 260

Index 264

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