Volunteer profiles in IBMT Historical Consultant's new book

The latest book by the IBMT’s Historical Consultant, Richard Baxell, is a collection of 10 mini-biographies of individuals – and one family – whose lives were shaped by their experiences in Spain during the country’s civil war from 1936-9. Several thousand men and women from Britain chose to leave the safety of their homes to […]

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Battle of Jarama commemorative week

Last week saw the annual programme of events to mark the anniversary of the 1937 Battle of Jarama, south-east of Madrid. As always, the high point was the Memorial March, this year held on 24 February. The commemoration is organised by the Madrid-based Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales (Friends of the International Brigades), […]

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'Perfidious Albion' and the Spanish Civil War

The latest book by Paul Preston, the foremost historian of the Spanish Civil War, turns the spotlight on Britain’s crucial but often overlooked involvement in the war. ‘Perfidious Albion’: Britain and the Spanish Civil War, brings together a collection of essays by Preston, who is the Founding Chair of the IBMT and a great supporter […]

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Memorial group’s AGM in Belfast

Lynda Walker reports…  The IBMT-affiliated International Brigade Commemoration Committee held its annual general meeting in the Falls Road Library on Saturday 24 February, the anniversary of the Battle of Jarama. In addition to the secretary’s report, financial report and election of the committee, two guest speakers were invited to the event.  As chair of the […]

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The Brigaders Return: Oldham

Robbie MacDonald reports from last December's event in Oldham to mark the 85th anniversary of the return of the Brigaders, which featured the 40-minute film 'The Brigaders Return!' by IBMT Film Coordinator Marshall Mateer. Eighty-five years on. But the sacrifices of British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War still inspire the fight for democracy against the forces […]

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Irish women and the Spanish Republic

Lynda Walker writes… Few Irish women volunteered to go to Spain. This is in contrast to the First World War, when thousands volunteered.  At that time the British government had to set up a special fund for the women who were stranded on railway stations and ferry terminals making their way to the field hospitals […]

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The Brigaders Return: Newhaven

Mike Anderson reports on the commemoration held in Newhaven last December to mark the 85th anniversary of the British Battalion's return from Spain. The International Brigades were men and women from over fifty nations who fought in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), defending the elected Republican Government against General Franco's rebels and his military backers Hitler and […]

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Tommy Moore remembered

Robert Hargreaves on Manchester volunteer Thomas ‘Tommy’ Moore … It's comforting to think that Tommy Moore’s 22nd birthday on Boxing Day, 1937 was, in all probability, a happy one – although it was to be his last. As a member of the XV International Brigade, fighting against fascism in the Spanish Civil War, he was […]

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Madrid suspends plans to build over mass grave site

An international outcry has forced the Madrid city authorities to freeze plans to build a large rubbish depot on top of the unmarked graves of British and other international volunteers who fought against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. Among those believed to be buried there is the poet Julian Bell, a nephew of Virginia […]

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January issue of IBMT magazine out to members

Cover: Sean Cooney, member of folk trio The Young'uns. Issue 1-2024 of the IBMT digital magazine, ¡No Pasaran!, has gone out to all paid-up members by email. On the cover is Sean Cooney, member of folk trio The Young'uns, on stage at the IBMT’s Annual General Meeting last October in Stockton-on-Tees. Behind him is an […]

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IBMT decides not to pursue plans for a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

Statement by the Executive Committee By seven votes to three, IBMT Trustees have declined a proposal to apply for a memorial for the volunteers who went to Spain at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Staffordshire. This was a difficult decision, with persuasive and sincerely held opinions for and against the idea debated by the […]

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Debates in the Commons

Courtesy of John McDonnell MP and the House of Commons Library, listed below are debates and mentions of the Spanish Civil War and International Brigades in Hansard, the official report of parliamentary debates.  It’s not necessarily an an exhaustive listing of all mentions in Hansard. For further detailed research, use the search field in Hansard. […]

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