Works by and memoirs of British members of the International Brigades in Spain


Albrighton, James. Diaries. International Brigade Archive, Box 50 File Al/12.

Anon. The Epic of Arganda Bridge. IBA, Box B-4 File L/8.

Crook, David. That Valley in Spain called Jarama. Available on-line

Green, Oliver; Piper, Alec; Aitken, George; Meredith, Bill; Diamont, Andre; McElroy, James; and McAnaw T. The British Brigade. Fred Copeman Collection, Imperial War Museum.

Griffiths, W.J. Spain. Memoirs of the Spanish Civil War. Swansea Miner’s Library.

Harrisson, P.D. Interesting Times. Private collection, contact the IBMT.

Hearst, Louis. The First Twelve. Private collection, contact the IBMT.

Longstaff, John. Unpublished Memoir. Private collection, contact the IBMT.

Murphy, Molly. Nurse Molly. People's History Museum, Manchester.

Peet, Jon. Nuts and Bolts of Spanish War. IBA Box A-12 File Pe/3.

Steventon, Sydney. Impressions of the Spanish War. IBA Box 21 File H-18.

Thompson, W.M. Sojourn in Spain. IBA Box 50 File Th/1.


Most of the following works can be found either at the Marx Memorial Library, or the British Library in London. The British Library's catalogue can be consulted on-line.

Alexander, Bill. British Volunteers for Liberty. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1982.

Angus, John. With The International Brigade in Spain. Loughborough: 1983.

Anon. In Spain with the International Brigade: A personal narrative. London: Burns Oates and Washborne, 1938.

Bloomfield, Tommy. The Spanish Civil War of Tommy Bloomfield. Fife Federation of Trades Councils, 2006.

Britten Austin, F. On the Aragon Battlefront. London: Nicholls, Date unknown.

Clark, Bob. No Boots to my Feet: experiences of a Britisher in Spain 1937-38. Student Bookshops, 1984.

Coleman, Julius. Memories of Spain 1936-1938. Manchester: Privately published, Date unknown.

Cooney, Bob. Proud Journey. London: MML, 2015.

Copeman, Fred. Reason in Revolt. London: Blandford Press, 1948.

Cornford, John. Understand the Weapon, Understand the Wound: Collected Writings. Manchester: Carcanet, 1978. Republished 2016.

Coward, Jack. Back from the Dead. Liverpool: Merseyside Writers, Date unknown.

Deegan, Frank. There’s No Other Way. Liverpool: Toulouse Press, 1980.

Doyle, Bob. Brigadista: An Irishman’s Fight Against Fascism. Blackrock: Currach Press, 2006.

Elstob, Peter. Spanish Prisoner. London: Macmillan, 1939.

Foote, Alexander. Handbook for Spies. London: 1949, reissued by Coachwhip Publications, 2011.

Fraser, Hamish. The Truth About Spain. Oxford: Catholic Social Guild, 1949.

Fyvel, Penelope. English Penny. Ilfracombe: Arthur Stockwell, 1992.

Graham, Frank, ed.  The Battle of Jarama. Newcastle: Frank Graham, 1987.

Graham, Frank. Battles of Brunete and the Aragon. Newcastle: Frank Graham, 1999.

Green, Nan. A Chronicle of Small Beer. Nottingham: Trent, 2004.

Greening, Edwin, From Aberdare to Albacete. A Welsh International Brigader’s memoirs of his life. Pontypool: Warren and Pell, 2006.

Gregory, Walter. The Shallow Grave: A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War. London: Victor Gollancz, 1986.

Guest, Carmel Haden. David Guest: A Scientist Fights for Freedom. London: 1939.

Gurney, Jason. Crusade in Spain. London: Faber and Faber, 1974.

Hartwell, Herbert & Evelyn. The Long Weekend. Derby: Postmill Press, 1989.

Hooper, David. No Pasarán! A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War. London: Avon, 1997.

Horne, Harold. All the Trees Were Bread and Cheese. Luton: Owen Hardisty, 1998.

Hyde, Douglas. I Believed. New York: G.P Puttnams, 1950.

James, Tommy. ‘Pounded Earth’, in Lewis, Brian & Gledhill, Bill, A Lion of a Man. Yorkshire Art Circus, 1985.

Jirku, Gusti. We Fight Death: The work of the Medical Service of the International Brigades in Spain. Madrid: Date unknown.

Jones, Jack. Union Man. London: Collins, 1986, new second edition (with new introduction and postscript) issued by Warren & Pell in 2008.

Jump, James. The Fighter fell in Love: a Spanish Civil War Memoir. London: Clapton Press, 2021.

Kisch, Richard. No Pasaran. The Spanish People at War 1936-9. Letchworth: Weyland, 1974.

Knox, Bernard. Essays Ancient and Modern. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1989.

Knox, Bernard. Premature Anti-Fascist. New York University, 1998.

Lee, Laurie. A Moment of War. London: Viking, 1991.

Lee Laurie. To War In Spain. London: Penguin, 1996.

Levine, Maurice. Cheetham to Cordova: Maurice Levine, A Manchester Man of the Thirties. Manchester: Privately Published, 1984.

Macartney, W.F.R. Walls Have Mouths. London: Victor Gollancz, 1936.

Martin, Robert. ‘With the International Brigade’, Workers’ Liberty. November 1995 pp.28-30. Originally published in Controversy, September 1937.

Monks, J. With the Reds in Andalusia. London: Privately Printed, 1985.

O’Connor, Peter. Recollections of a socialist and anti-fascist fighter. Dublin: MSF, 1996.

O’Donnell, Paedar. Salud! An Irishman in Spain. London, Methuen, 1937.

O’Riordan, Michael. Connolly Column. Dublin: New Books, 1979.

Paynter, Will. My Generation. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1972.

Peet, John. The Long Engagement: Memoirs of a Cold War Legend. London: Fourth Estate, 1989.

Pollak, Stephen. Strange Land Behind Me. London: Falcon, 1951.

Romilly, Esmond. Boadilla. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1937.

Ryan, Frank, ed. The Book of the XVth Brigade: Records of British, American, Canadian and Irish Volunteers in the XV International Brigade in Spain 1936-1938., Madrid: War Commissariat, 1938.

Sloan, Hugh. ‘Why I Volunteered’, Scottish Trade Union Review. 51,, July-September 1991 pp.30-31.

Sommerfield, John. Volunteer in Spain. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1937.

Stratton, H. To Anti-Fascism by Taxi. West Glamorgan: Alun Books, 1984.

Thomas, Fred. To Tilt at Windmills: A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War. East Lansing: State University of Michigan Press, 1996.

Tomalin, Miles. ‘Memories of the Spanish War’, New Statesman, 31 October 1975 pp.541-542.

Trench, Chalmers. Nearly Ninety: Reminiscences. Ballivor: Co. Meath, 1996.

Watson, Keith Scott. Single to Spain. London: Arthur Baker, 1937.

Wheeler, George, edited by David Leach. To Make the People Smile Again. Newcastle: Zymurgy, 2003.

Williams, Alun Menai. From the Rhondda to the Ebro. Pontypool: Warren and Pell, 2004.

Wintringham, Tom. English Captain. London: Faber & Faber, 1939, republished 2011.

Worsley, T.C. Behind the Battle. London: Robert Hale, 1939.


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