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On 8 March dozens of comrades gathered at Holywell Music Rooms in Oxford to celebrate volunteers from the UK and Ireland who fought to defend democracy in the Spanish Civil War.

Spanish Ambulance Unit

Alan Lloyd reviews 'The Road to Madrid: Diary of Donald Gallie, Member of the Scottish Medical Aid Unit, Serving in the Spanish Civil War, September– December 1936' by Nina Stevens (Sussex Academic Press 2019). Originally published in ¡No Pasarán! 1-2020.

Juan Modesto

The story of the regular Spanish Republican Army, the Ejército Popular, is perhaps less known than that of the International Brigades. Alex Clifford presents the following article as an introduction to his book on the military history of the Republican Army.

To encourage the formation and affiliation of more local International Brigade memorial groups, IBMT Trustees have agreed to strengthen links between these groups and the IBMT.

Jarama March

On 22 February almost a thousand people gathered in the village of La Boyeriza, a few kilometres outside of Madrid, for the annual Jarama anniversary march organised by the IBMT’s sister-organisation the Asociación de los Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales (AABI).

Scottish Brigaders

This year’s annual IBMT Len Crome Memorial Conference will be held at the alma mater of its namesake, the University of Edinburgh on Saturday 21 March. IBMT Scotland Secretary Mike Arnott gives a taster of what to expect at the conference with an outline on the impact of the Spanish Civil War on Scotland.

PSOE and Unidos Podemos

The IBMT has welcomed the commitment of the Spanish government to renew efforts to recover the country’s ‘democratic memory’ of the Spanish Civil War and subsequent Franco dictatorship.

Jarama march

The annual Battle of Jarama commemoration will be taking place on 21-22 February in and around Madrid. The deadline for booking your place in the contingent is 31 January 2020.

As a tribute to Herminio Martínez, who died on 29 December 2019, we reprint the speech he made at the IBMT’s commemoration on London’s Southbank on 1 July 2017. Eighty ears previously Herminio had arrived in England, aged seven, as one of the nearly 4,000 children who were evacuated from Spain’s Basque Country while it was being bombed by Franco’s German and Italian allies.


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