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A message from the Rien Dijkstra, Secretary of the Dutch Stichting Spanje 1936-1939 International Brigade memorial association…


By Ed Stutt, the Director of Hebden Bridge Trades Club


On 28 and 29 October, the Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales (AABI) commemorated the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first groups of International Brigades to the Spanish capital, with events and gatherings in places significant to the battles against Franco’s fascists.

The Marx Memorial Library in London has been awarded a grant of £27,841 from the National Archives to catalogue its International Brigade archive and other material documenting the British response to the Spanish Civil War. 


Supporters of the International Brigades gathered at Newhaven Fort at noon on Saturday 29 October to honour the memory of Stan Hilton, the last surviving member of the British Battalion of the XV International Brigade, who died on 21 October, aged 98 in a nursing home in Melbourne, Australia.

Message from the Hands off Dabrowszczacy Street Initiative

[] in Warsaw about an attack on the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the International Brigades.

Stan Hilton, the last surviving Briton who fought in the legendary International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, died today [Friday 21 October 2016] in Australia, aged 98.


Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland, addressed the IBMT’s Annual General Meeting held on 15 October at the Liberty Hall, Dublin. His full speech, including some passages in Irish, is available on:

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.


The new IBMT Executive Committee, elected at our Annual General Meeting in Dublin on 15 October 2016, is as follows:



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