80th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Jarama

Post date: 18/10/2016

The IBMT is inviting members to take part in an international weekend of events in and around Madrid, which is being organised by AABI, the Spanish friendship International Brigades memorial association, on 17-19 February 2017.


This is an opportunity to find out more about the Battle of Jarama in February 1937, in which 120 members of the British Battalion lost their lives, and to celebrate the legacy of the International Brigades with members of other International Brigade associations from around the world.


The programme will include:


– Friday 17 February: Coach to Tarancón and the memorial that honours the Scottish Brigaders killed in the Battle of Jarama; an evening gala concert in Rivas Vaciamadrid;

– Saturday 18 February: Coach to the Jarama battlefield and a guided walk, which will take in the British Battalion positions plus the Jarama memorial (pictured) and Charlie Donnelly memorial; afternoon lunch at a nearby restaurant;

– Sunday 19 February: Choice of tour of the the University City, including the International Brigade memorial and an explanation of the early battles around the capital, or free time to visit Madrid.


Flights and hotel accommodation are to be organised by participants. Please note that if you wish to visit Tarancón you will need to book flights for Thursday 16  February. Other costs will include the coaches to Jarama, Tarancón and Rivas Vaciamadrid, all meals and the concert. 


For a suitable hotel near the coach departure point, the AABI is suggesting:

 Hostal Aguilar:

– Hotel Francisco 1:


It is important to let the IBMT know if you plan to join the group so that coaches can be booked and other arrangements made. Send your details to: by 11 November.


Posted on 18 October 2016.

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