At the KFSR annual meeting

Nancy Phillips reports from the KFSR international annual meeting in Berlin on 25-27 August… The annual meeting of our German comrades, Kämpfer und Freunde der Spanischen Republik 1936-1939 (KFSR) included guests from Spain, France, Italy, Ireland and the United States.  The subject of the meeting was the XII International Brigade, which was formed in Albacete […]

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Notice of AGM in Stockton-on-Tees, plus commemorative and social events

The IBMT’s 2023 Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 7 October, as part of a weekend of commemorative, educational and social activities in Stockton-on-Tees. Friday 6 October6:30pm: Drinks reception at Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ to view International Brigade memorial. Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald to speak. With a flamenco ensemble or Spanish guitarist.7:30pm: […]

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Franco's fake news

Jim Jump reviews ‘Architects of Terror: Paranoia, Conspiracy and Anti-Semitism in Franco’s Spain’ by Paul Preston (HarperCollins, 2023). The review appears in the current issue of the IBMT magazine ¡No Pasarán! Before the Spanish Civil War began in July 1936 there were no more than 6,000 Jews living in Spain and the Communist Party was […]

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Serrat’s tribute to the international volunteers

Joan Manuel Serrat has been one of the most important singers and songwriters in the Spanish and Catalan languages for the past 50 years. His work has been influenced by the great Spanish poets of the 1930s, Federico García Lorca, Antonio Machado and Miguel Hernández, whose tragic fates were decided by the Spanish Civil War. […]

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Her Spanish father was executed by the fascists

Daisy Fernández Price, a keen supporter of the IBMT with a remarkable but tragic family past connected to the Spanish Civil War, passed away on 30 July, aged 88. In tribute to her life we reprint this article about her that appeared in the 1-2017 issue of the IBMT’s magazine. It was written by current […]

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Battle of the Ebro: ‘The cutting to pieces of our very bravest’

Dolores Long writes… Two things had a huge effect on me in understanding what the Battle of the Ebro must have been like for the volunteers from 25 July to 23 September 1938. One was going to the area where the fighting took place: the horrendously difficult terrain, huge, high bare mountains with no shade […]

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Motherwell commemoration

Andy Jones writes… On Sunday 23 July the No Pasaran Memorial Committee held their 10th anniversary memorial service in the Duchess of Hamilton Park in Motherwell. Those attending gathered to remember and pay respects to the 40 brave volunteers from our communities here in North Lanarkshire that went to fight as part of the International […]

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Medical advances at the Battle of the Ebro

This is an edited version of the talk delivered by Peter Crome at the annual commemoration of the British volunteers who fought in the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War held on the South Bank on 1 July 2023. I have been asked to say a few words about the medical services at the […]

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Eighty-fifth anniversary of the Battle of the Ebro

IBMT member Nancy Phillips writes… Eighty five years ago the Ebro offensive was initiated by Republican forces, who crossed the Ebro river on 24/25 July with the aim of stopping the advance of Franco’s Nationalist troops towards Valencia. It became the longest and largest battle of the Spanish Civil War, with massive air warfare that […]

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Volunteers from the Scottish isles

It’s said that every county in Britain sent volunteers to join the International Brigades, no matter how remote or difficult the journey to Spain must have seemed and proved to be. It’s no surprise therefore that the Islands of the Firth of Clyde, historically part of Buteshire, and the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis, once […]

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But what about the International Brigade volunteers?

Address by Nancy Wallach, of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, at the IBMT’s annual commemoration at the International Brigade memorial in London’s Jubilee Gardens on 1 July… It is a great honour to join you today, and to bring you greetings from ALBA, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Now, more than ever, in these times, […]

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Bob Cooney recites 'Hasta la Vista, Madrid!'

Thanks go to Tommy Campbell of the IBMT-affiliated Aberdeen XV International Brigade Commemoration Committee for coming up with this gem from Aberdonian Brigader Bob Cooney. Here is Cooney reciting his poem 'Hasta la vista, Madrid!' during a radio interview, which Tommy thinks probably took place just a few years before hid death in 1984. The […]

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