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Fighters against Fascism: British Heroes of the Spanish Civil War Paperback – 29 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007330804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007330805
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Seventy years on, these courageous veterans of the International Brigade are still full of passion for their cause and this book vividly captures the idealism and the foresight which motivated them to fight in Spain.’
Victoria Hislop

About the Author

Max Arthur is Britain's foremost oral historian, with over 16 books to his name, including the award-winning Forgotten Voices of the Second World War, the bestselling Last Post: The Final Word from our First World War Soldiers, and Forgotten Voices of the Great War.


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Format: Hardcover
While profiles of those who fought in the Spanish Civil War are not new, this is one of the better ones I have come across from the point of view of the ordinary men and women who travelled to Spain to fight facsism. Unlike Preston's book that looked at high profile individuals eg Franco, Primo Rivera, Negrin, La Passionara etc this is about those who actually fought and survived.
Arthur interviews a wide range of people who made the difficult journey and, in the finest oral historian fashion allows these individuals to do tell their stories. It is timely as well- Bob Doyle and Jack Jones are among those who have been interviewed and who had passed away since then. This stands as a worthy tribute (particularly when taken along side Doyle's own memoirs 'Brigasdista') and the fact that the flame of rebellion and desire for progressive change still burns brightly in those interviewed demonstrates a passion and real interest in the good of humanity that it is hard to find matched today- la lucha continua!
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Format: Hardcover
Continuing his trend of epic and enthralling oral histories, Max Arthur has once again come up trumps with a stunning book exploring the memories of the last few survivors of the British and Irish men and women who volunteered to be part of the International Brigade and travel to Spain in the 1930s to fight Franco. By just letting these veterans speak, Max encourages them to unveil a period of time when causes were worth dying for, and paints a picture of lives defined by the battles against the rising tide of Fascism, while also placing the wider context of the Spanish Civil War firmly into the narrative. To read the memories of these brave men and women embarking on an epic adventure into the unknown is a privilege and this book fulfils the duty we have to record for ever their memories. Thankfully there is no person better or more skilled than Max Arthur at getting veterans to talk and to reveal their memories of not only the crucial battles but also the more mundane aspects of daily life in Spain that is so compelling. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
Fighters Against Fascism was first published as a hardback in 2009 with the title The Real Band Of Brothers.However neither the paperback's cover nor Amazon alert you to the fact that it is exactly the same book, which is how I came to buy and then have to return the paperback edition. It is a very informative book for anyone interested in the individual stories of British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. Penny Feiwel's life story was particularly inspiring.
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Like other reviewer, I have also bought Fighters against Fascism, not realising that it is exactly (even including page numbering and photos) the same of The Real Band of Brothers previously published both as hardback and paperback. No mention of name change is mentioned in this latest version.

Book is mainly a review of motives and politics motivating these fighters against fascism, rather than the expected more detailed account of their activities whilst in Spain.
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Excellent read found more about the Spanish civil war British servicepeople than I Knew after several visits to Spain (Museums at Cartegena ) the Headquarters of the Royalists,(i am old enough at 84 years of age to vaguely remember the German Bombers attacking Guernica)
Pete Radford.
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A collection of memories by SCW volunteers. The differences in background are revealing also - but the intense desire of all to help the oppressed of Spain achieve democracy at a time faced with increasing Fascismo in Europe is overwhelming. Not a regret by any. The descriptions by the British nurse of conditions both in the UK prior to her departure, and then the appalling conditions she experienced in the primitive medical units at the front, give much food for thought. These volunteers had never been abroad before, had little or no knowledge of Spain or Spanish, yet they answered a call for help from the people of Spain when France and England stood aloof. We should be proud of their efforts - would we have done the same?
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By Moira TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2015
Format: Paperback
The book contains eight first hand accounts from seven men and one woman who served with the International Brigade and Spanish Medical Aid during the Spanish Civil War during 1936-9. The accounts vary in style and length reflecting their Individual personalities and circumstances but also reveal their common ideals. It gives an insight into the events of the war in general with specific details of their experiences. There are also details of their backgrounds in England and Ireland which led to their involvement.

If I were the editor, the only slight change I might make would be to the running order, to make a more chronological whole. The accounts, themselves need no changes. They are at once matter of fact and deeply moving succeeding in capturing the events as they happened with the added perspective of time passed.
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Format: Hardcover
Interesting life stories of those who took it upon themselves to fight in the Spanish civil war, the reasons why,and would they do it again?. An intriguing insight to the war,and the horrors it brought and to the brave men who fought against the odds finally returning to the U.K defeated
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