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The last stand of the British Battalion in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 will be remembered on Tuesday 24 September 2013 with the unveiling of a memorial in the village close to where the final day’s action took place exactly 75 years ago.

 

A 25-minute video by Marshall Mateer of the IBMT Annual Commemoration at the International Brigade memorial in Jubilee Gardens, London, on 6 July is now on the IBMTnews channel on YouTube.    

 

 

Tickets are now on sale for a gala evening to mark the 75th anniversary of the return of the British Battalion from Spain. The event will take place at the Rich Mix arts centre in London, along with other activities earlier in the day on Saturday 7 December 2013 – 75 years to the day that the volunteers arrived home at London’s Victoria Station to be greeted by thousands of supporters.

 

A motion in the House of Commons is calling on the British government to intervene with the Spanish government about the threat to the International Brigade memorial in Madrid (pictured). 

Reinstatement of Nottinghamshire information board about the International Brigades

Pictured: Cllr Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, and Cllr John Allin, Chair of the Council, lay a wreath in honour of the Notts men who died in Spain and all the others who fought against Fascism.

Speech by IBMT President Marlene Sidaway at the ceremony to reinstate the information board next to the memorial to the International Brigades at County Hall, Nottingham, headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Council, on Saturday 27 July 2013…

Slideshow of photos by Guy Smallman of the IBMT's annual commemoration in Jubilee Gardens, London, on 6 July:

http://guy-smallman-photos.photoshelter.com/gallery-slideshow/G0000._TVS...

The IBMT is asking supporters to lobby their MP to sign Early Day Motion 204, which has been tabled in Parliament by a group of Labour MPs, calling on the British government to make representations to the Spanish government about the threat to the Madrid memorial to the International Brigades. The motion can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/204

Madrid International Brigade memorial

Petition campaign to save Madrid memorial

An online petition campaign has been launched by the AABI International Brigades friendship group in Spain to save the memorial to the International Brigades in Madrid's University City.

Madrid’s Complutense University has been ordered to remove the memorial that was unveiled on 22 October 2011 in the presence of four International Brigade veterans, including David Lomon from Britain.

NEARLY twenty years ago, Angela Jackson, then beginning the research for her doctorate, conducted an interview with a woman who, many years before, had worked as a nurse in Republican Spain during the civil war. The story that Angela was told that day by her eighty year old interviewee, Patience Edney (née Darton), became an important part of a ground-breaking thesis. It also led to a well-received book which, like this one, was published within the Cañada Blanch series on contemporary Spain.

Helen Graham’s latest monograph, The War and its Shadow, is not an introductory text to the Spanish Civil War, nor is it an easy read. While only 150 pages long, the text’s richness and complexity, the scope and ambition, the intelligence and sheer breadth of knowledge contained within make it both thought-provoking and challenging. Important and timely too.

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