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Crew of the Eolo

Eighty-five years ago this month, a wave of strikes hit Spanish ships in British ports, as crews demanded pay increases that the new government of the Spanish Republic had decreed. The strikes served as a prelude to the Spanish Civil War.


Hwei-Ru Ni is co-author of the pioneering 'The Call of Spain: The Chinese volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)'. Here she writes about Aking Chan, the only Chinese volunteer who came to Spain directly from China, using new information drawn from the manuscripts of Basque militia fighter Luis Ariznabarreta.


IBMT Film Coordinator Marshall Mateer gives an update on the ‘Remembering in a Time of Lockdown’ project which can be viewed on the IBMT's Flickr page.

Paul Robeson in Madrid

IBMT Ireland Secretary Manus O’Riordan has written about the pioneering black singer, actor and lifelong radical Paul Robeson for Tribune magazine online. Reproduced here are passages detailing Robeson’s support for the Spanish Republic and solidarity with the International Brigades.

The Fighter Fell in Love

Tony Fox reviews ‘The Fighter Fell in Love: A Spanish Civil War Memoir’ by James R Jump, edited by Jim Jump, foreword by Paul Preston and preface by Jack Jones (The Clapton Press, 2021).

Connie Fraser

Connie Fraser, IBMT founding member and widow of International Brigader Harry Fraser, died on 26 March aged 99. Daughter Pauline Fraser, who is an IBMT Trustee, provides a tribute to her mother.

Frida Stewart Firing a Shot for Freedom

Pauline Fraser reviews ‘Firing a Shot for Freedom: The Memoirs of Frida Stewart’ with foreword and afterword by Angela Jackson (The Clapton Press, 2020).

International Brigade Association

Milo Cumpstey of Speedwagon Productions edited this mini documentary about the British volunteers for the IBMT in 2016. It is now available to stream on the IBMT's YouTube page.

Len Crome 2021

The IBMT’s annual Len Crome Memorial Conference, held on Saturday 20 March, is now available to stream in full on YouTube and Facebook.

IBMT Patron and actor Maxine Peake kicked off the IBMT’s postponed 2020 Annual General Meeting, held online on 20 March 2021, with a stirring tribute to the International Brigades.



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