This article is about the Spanish military unit. For the British formation, see 226th Infantry Brigade (United Kingdom).
226th Mixed Brigade
226.ª Brigada Mixta
Flag of the 42nd Division, Spanish Popular Army
Spanish Republican Army
The 901, 902, 903 and 904
42nd Division (1938 – 1939)
La Pobla de Massaluca
Spanish Civil War
Antonio Ortiz Roldán
José de la Fuente Álvarez
View of the bleak Auts Hills where a great number of the men of the 226th MB perished.
Map of the Battle of the Ebro and location of the Auts
The 226th Mixed Brigade (Spanish: 226.ª Brigada Mixta), was a mixed brigade of the Spanish Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Part of its forces had belonged to the former Bautista Garcet Battalion, which had distinguished itself in the combats of the Córdoba offensive at the beginning of the Civil War. Its formation began in August 1937 in Catalonia, but it was delayed for a long time, the brigade not becoming fully operational until 1938. It had four battalions, the 901, 902, 903 and 904.
1.1 The bloodbath at the Auts
1.2 Withdrawal and extinction of the brigade
2 See also
4 External links
Following a long delay, the 226th Mixed Brigade was finally established on 22 April 1938 and placed under the 42nd Division of the XV Army Corps, at the time part of the Agrupación Autónoma del Ebro (A.A.E.). The command of the unit was assigned to Militia Major Antonio Ortiz Roldán. The political commissar was José Carmona Requena.
The bloodbath at the Auts
At the onset of the Battle of the Ebro on 25 July 1938 two of the brigade’s battalions crossed the Ebro River 2 km to the east of Mequinensa —being one of the first units to cross the river, following which the remainder of the brigade joined them arriving finally to the area of Gilabert after heavy combats. The brigade continued battling the rebel faction between Fayón and Mequinensa, especially at the Fayón-Mequinensa-Fabara road junction, finally being able to occupy the Auts, a semi-arid hilly area east of a bend on the Ebro River. Located at the northern end in the pocket formed on the right bank of the Ebro between Mequinensa and Amposta, the occupation of the Auts was hailed as a strategic success