British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War: The British by Richard Baxell

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Through the Spanish Civil battle of 1936-1939 nearly 2,500 women and men left Britain to struggle for the Spanish Republic. This booklet examines the position, studies and contribution of the volunteers who fought within the British Battalion of the 15 foreign Brigadesasking: * Who have been those volunteers? * the place did they arrive from? * Why did they visit Spain? * How a lot did they really aid the Spanish Republic? unlike fresh revisionist interpretations, this paintings stresses the an important significance of the conflict event itself, instead of political ideology, within the figuring out of the volunteers' function and reviews in the Spanish conflict. This publication should be of crucial curiosity to historians and people attracted to the Spanish Civil warfare.

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They told me that the clothing I’d be wearing would be poor quality clothing. They told me that I wouldn’t be issued with boots, that I’d have to wear an item called alpagartas which is a straw based sandal. They told me that my rate of pay would be the rate of pay of the Spanish Army which if I think correctly, was round about five pesetas a day which worked out about three halfpence for each peseta, something of that nature. They told me that if I went into hospital, that I might not have the drugs necessary to get me better from suffering from an illness.

17 But, as the previous chapter has shown, this image is not, and never has been, typical of British volunteers for the International Brigades. In the wealth of memoirs and oral accounts, references to this ‘great historical tradition’ do not appear very frequently, if at all. This does not mean that the volunteers were not following in the steps of Wat Tyler, Byron and the Chartists, but that this tradition was not a conscious factor in the motives of most of the British volunteers for joining the International Brigades.

Record of political affiliation for precisely this reason. ’60 However, though the majority were clearly Communist Party members, this was by no means mandatory. 61 As Albert Charlesworth, a volunteer from Oldham and a member of the Socialist League, not the Communist Party, described, This was never mentioned at any time. I mean, the Communist Party had nothing to do with it really, although the Communist Party sent me out. That was their role finished. I mean, we were anti-fascists out there.

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