New book on British experience of Jarama

September 7, 2011

Ben Hughes’ They Shall Not Pass: The British Battalion at Jarama (buy) is reviewed positively by Steve Andrew in the Morning Star:

Opinions differ on whether Jarama really was the victory that republicans claimed at the time, but the one thing that does emerge with some certainty from this book is that the battalion was a more than credible fighting force, with the ability to inflict heavy losses on a much larger and much better equipped enemy. Bearing in mind the tendency of some to write off the brigades as some sort of international “Dads Army,” full of hopeless idealists and middle-class adventurers, this is by no means an unimportant point.

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