Visiting the site of the last stand

Post date: 29/09/2016

The family of George and Nan Green visited the Ebro battlefielfd in September and saw the position where George was killed in the final action of the British Battalion in September 1938.


They heard that the trench line had been constructed on the wrong side of the hill in the Sierra de Caballs, thus leaving battalion members highly exposed to the Francoist bombardment in its last stand in the Spanish Civil War. They were also outflanked by tanks and infantry. 


The photo of the family was teken by IBMT member Kelvin Ling and shows local battlefield historian and tour guide Alan Warren reading a description of the battle from ‘The Shallow Grave’ by Walter Gregory. The other photos show the trench line, the  covered by undergrowth and the view towards the Corbera-Mora road.


George Green, born in Stockport in 1904, was a professional cellist. Wife Nan (1904-84), who was born in Beeston, also served in the International Brigades and was for many years after the war the secretary of the International Brigade Association.


Posted on 29 September 2016.




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