These fine shock troops owed their existence as such to Juan Negrin who had been the Government Minister responsible for Customs and Excise at the time of the Fascist uprising.
Then the Carabineros were a small organisation attached to the Customs Department; but Negrin
, impressed by their loyalty to the Government, had them expand into three full-strength divisions.
One of the Internationalists in the act of cleaning a gun, shot himself.
was buried with full revolutionary honours.
funeral I believe, provided the Authorities with an opportunity to stage a show of strength to the "Fifth Column" that was known to exist within the town.
, a Socialist from the professions, was elected by the Cortes to fill the vacant chair, and he
remained in office to the bitter end.
History has to regard Prime Minister Juan Negrin as a heroic figure, and a worthy leader of the Spaniards who fought so long and so well in Freedom's battle.
It appeared that the plan of battle was for his
left wing, the XX International Battalion
, to contain the enemy on Granja
center, a fresh Railway Battalion, and his
right wing, the Catalan Carabineros (the sons of Negrin), would carry out an encirclement of the hill fort.