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A new booklet which details the role of Wales in the Spanish Civil War has been produced and is now available to purchase through the IBMT. 'Wales and the Spanish Anti-Fascist War' was written by Robert Griffiths, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain. It is produced in both English and Welsh and published by the Welsh Communist Party.

Are you planning to attend the IBMT’s Annual General Meeting and commemoration weekend in Cardiff on 13-15 October? If so, you can now download an informative booklet which both describes the Welsh involvement in the Spanish Civil War and is a guide to the weekend’s events and activities.

The IBMT’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 2pm on Saturday 14 October 2017 at the offices of the GMB, Garley House, 17 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0TB as part of a Commemoration Weekend in and around Cardiff.


IBMT President Marlene Sidaway pays tribute to two strong and inspirational women who were founding members of the IBMT and widows of International Brigaders…

Joan Brown, who died in July at the age of 89, was one of the IBMT’s earliest and most active members.

A digital booklet outlining the history of the Oxford International Brigade memorial is now available to download as a PDF. The 36-page document contains many details and images about the memorial, which stands as a tribute to the 31 men and women from Oxfordshire who joined the International Brigades. Six of them died in Spain.

Lyn Hurst reports on the ride by a group of cycists from London to Barcelona to remember the International Brigades…

Leaving the IBMT’s annual memorial event in London’s Jubilee Gardens on 1 July, the National Clarion Cycling Club 1895 members set off on an epic 20-day, 1,200-mile journey to Barcelona, via Dieppe, Chartres, Bellac, Bergerac, Castelnaudary and Argelès-sur-Mer.

In Barcelona we were the guests of the city’s mayor at a very well organised event attended by 600 people, including many youngsters, at  a sports centre.

A booklet detailing the role that Islington played in the Spanish Civil War is now available to download as a PDF (see below). 

IBMT Scotland Secretary Mike Arnott writes…

On 12 July, Pablo Hernández, representing the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH in Spanish) in Tarancón, Spain, paid his respects at memorials in Perth, Dundee and Kirkcaldy to those who lost their lives fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War as part of the International Brigade.

By Marshall Mateer (IBMT Film Coordinator)

Many IBMT members will already know the story of the three garment workers from Stepney in the East End of London – Nat Cohen, Sam Masters and Alec Sheller – trade unionists and members of International Labour Defence and the Communist Party.

They were on a cycling holiday in Spain when, on hearing of the outbreak of fighting in Spain on 17 July 1936, rode straight to Barcelona where they joined the Republican militias.


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