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Heroic Voices of the Spanish Civil War: Memories from the International Brigades Hardcover – 24 Apr 2009


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd; 1st Edition edition (24 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847734693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847734693
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.2 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in the great county of Lincolnshire and educated at the King's School in Grantham (where Sir Isaac Newton was also educated, though not at the same time!), I began writing over 20 years ago. You can find out all about me and my books by taking a look at my website;

www.peterdarman.com

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Peter Darman holds a postgraduate degree in history from the University of York. He has written a number of books on military and historical subjects, including A - Z of the SAS, Prince Rupert of the Rhine: A Study in Generalship, The Survival Handbook, Posters of World War II, Uniforms of World War II and the Civil War Trivia Book. He currently lives in London.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Craddock Edwards from Bristol VINE VOICE on 5 Jun 2010
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Transcibed from written and oral records at the Imperial War Museum in London this book allows survivors of the British Battalion of the International Brigades to tell their stories, give their views and opinions in their own words.
Brave men all, to me they were real heroes, who went to Spain to fight for the democratically elected Spanish Government against the military coup led by Franco and the forces of religion and reaction, supported by fascist Germany and Italy and the 'non intervention' of the rest of Europe. These men and women who were not all Commumists and came from all walks of life, probably represent the last real idealogical protest movement that we are ever likely to see. Thousands went from all over the world and although they did not win the military war their bravery against often overwhelming odds is the stuff of legend. Of the approx 2200 Brits who voluntered more than 500 paid the ultimate price and many others were badly wounded.
Not the best or only book about the men and women who fought this starter for WW2 but original and unique as the author makes very few comments and leaves the talking to the veterans, who, except the odd one or two, are no longer with us.
Live history so to speak and the reasons and motivations of these brave people should never be forgotten.
Before all the right wing nutters come creeping out of the woodwork, yes I am well to the left and yes I am inclined to see things through not rose tinted glasses but bright red ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Notman on 16 Mar 2011
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This isnt a guide to the whole conflict and you will probably get lost if you know nothing of the subject beforehand. Its a good addition to the genre though, letting you hear in peoples own words their motivations for fighting in someone elses war. Ive read many of the accounts in other publications, but its nice to have an edited selection here. Some good pictures too which ive not seen before.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. Butler on 9 Nov 2010
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An interesting book which discusses the reasons the brigaders volunteered and how they enlisted and got to Spain.Using their actual words avoids the many traps of hindsight.I think the book would have been enhanced had it not relied so much on The Imperial War Museum London to the exclusion of other sources.IWM Salford has an extensive diary written by Sam Wild and his letters home can be seen at The Working Class Movement Library,also in Salford;he was,after all a Battalion Commander.
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By Hamish Drummond on 22 Oct 2014
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An important book about important people.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One sided book 29 July 2012
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I am not a right or left wing lover, but books that are one sided i can't stand them.
You pick up a book to learn something, then you realize ...what i am reading ?

This book is nothing but a collection of letters , memories, diaries...of those who fought against Fascism. Most of them Communists. There is basically nothing left to say about this book. Except for the fact that i regret throwing my money away.
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