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23/05/2022
Volunteers discussed at talk on Spanish republicanism

Members of the IBMT and the Basque Children of '37 Association were among the speakers at an event exploring the history of Spanish republicanism and ideas around democracy for nations and regions, held at the Methodist Central Hall in Manchester on 23 April. Titled ‘The Spanish Republic, Past and Future’, the meeting was organised by […]

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12/05/2022
Cardiff memorial to seafarers who saved Spanish refugees

A new plaque dedicated to Capt Archibald Dickson and the crew of the Stanbrook, who defied Franco’s blockade and rescued refugees during the final days of the Spanish Civil War, has been installed in Cardiff.

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05/05/2022
In the footsteps of the volunteers

Hundreds of ramblers and supporters who attended the the 23-24 April commemoration of the mass trespass at Kinder Scout learned about how many of the young men who played leading roles in the protest would go on to fight fascism in Spain a few years later.   Members Hilary Jones and Tony Fox running the […]

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05/05/2022
Finding the brother who fell at the Ebro

Paul and Steve Bennett recall the story of their grandfather Donald and great-uncle Gordon, both International Brigaders from Walsall. Gordon Bennett was killed during the Battle of the Ebro but his body was never recovered. However, Catalan authorities may now be able to identify his remains using DNA testing. This article originally appeared in ¡No […]

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21/04/2022
Sam Lesser: no regrets about Spain

Words from IBMT Chair Jim Jump in tribute to International Brigader Sam Lesser (1915-2010) at the launch of his memoir, ‘I Saw Democracy Murdered: The Memoir of Sam Russell, Journalist’, at the Marx Memorial Library, London, on 7 April 2022. The opening remarks of the event are available to watch via the IBMT's YouTube page […]

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14/04/2022
Kings and pawns: the Brigaders who played chess in Franco's prison

Nancy Wallach, board member of our US-based sister organisation ALBA, writes about her father, Lincoln Brigader Hy Wallach, and the chess club he coordinated among fellow volunteers while held in the San Pedro de Cardeña prison. This is an edited version of a piece originally published on The Volunteer website on 1 August 2021 available […]

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14/04/2022
A letter from TJ Carter in the aftermath of Jarama

IBMT activist Tony Fox writes about a letter written by Teesside Brigader Thomas James ‘TJ’ Carter to the Daily Worker, a fascist ruse and his death following the Battle of Jarama. I was recently honoured to be invited to the BBC’s recording of the The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff at the ARC theatre in Stockton […]

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14/04/2022
The Young’uns’ Johnny Longstaff musical recorded by BBC

Award-winning folk band The Young’uns had their musical show, The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, recorded by BBC Radio 3 in a live performance in their hometown of Stockton-on-Tees. Duncan Longstaff, IBMT member and son of the eponymous Teesside Brigader, reports on the show and the original inspiration behind the production. The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff […]

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24/03/2022
New biography of Clem Beckett, from the Wall of Death to Jarama

IBMT member Rob Hargreaves has written a biography of Clem Beckett, the speedway star and stuntman turned International Brigader.

The work features the following introduction by Dolores Long of the IBMT-affiliated North West International Brigade Memorial Group.

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24/03/2022
Miles Tomalin: poet of the Anti-Tank Battery

Tony Fox writes about the contributions of International Brigader Miles Tomalin, regarded by fellow volunteer Jim Brewer as 'one of the battalion's most popular figures.'  

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24/03/2022
IBMT conference spotlights Scottish Brigaders

The IBMT's 2022 Len Crome Memorial Conference, held on Saturday 19 March, explored the importance and legacy of those International Brigade volunteers who went from Scotland to Spain to fight fascism.

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09/03/2022
Watch the IBMT Online Conversation 2022

The IBMT Online Conversation 2022 event, held on 5 March via Zoom, is now available to stream. The talk featured leading historians of 20th century Spain, Professors Paul Preston and Helen Graham.

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