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on 18 October 2016
This book cuts through a lot of the political smokescreen surrounding the International Brigade and tells the real story of these remarkable people. There are lots of revealing quotes from the people who were there and actually served Spain. Additionally it does highlight the behaviour of the British and French governments that restricted the ability of the legitimate government of Spain to resist the rebellion. A worthwhile read.
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on 25 January 2017
Book arrived on time, I am loving reading this book as i had a uncle who died in the Spanish civil war.
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on 8 April 2018
Still reading this book and it’s great. It explains so much in detail and more personally than other books ive read on the Civil War. The perspective of these men and the reasons why they went off to fight in the International Brigades is inspiring and tough.
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on 9 July 2016
An examination of the role played by mainly Manchester and Salford volunteers in the International Brigades with some horrifying disclosures
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on 2 November 2017
Very well written book, not too heavy or cumbersome like reading Anthony Beevor. Richard Baxells knowledge of the British battalion and the International Brigades surpasses that of all previous authors on the matter.
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on 5 May 2016
A very well researched and written account of a fascinating chapter of history.
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on 31 July 2014
Fabulous book. A wonderful chronicle of the thoughts and experiences of ordinary men and women.It dispelled the myth that it was only the middle-classes who went to fight in Spain.It opened my eyes and gave me a new insight into a part of our history that is brushed over.
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on 15 August 2015
This, of course was about the International Brigade who fought in the Spanish Civil War. It featured a close family friend (now deceased) who we lived near when I was a child. His name was Johnnie Tunnah, and he came from Edinburgh. I first met him when we were all living in Bletchley and he worked for Post Office Telecommunications at Bletchley Park. When he retired, he went to live in Spain. He was a wine drinker like me!

He was also a Communist, which I never quite became!
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on 17 August 2013
I have read a lot of books on the Spanish Civil War in the last thirty years or so. This is easily the best and I was sorry when I finished it. It reads almost like a novel. It concentrates on the people involved but still manages to weave a background story. At the end the author also highlights accounts from fascists - or supporters - and their beliefs which partly helps balance the book. Highly recommended.
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on 8 November 2013
Scholarly yet engrossing account of the British (and Irish) contribution to the International Brigades, which were so important in the Spanish Civil War, with an intelligent and detailed analysis of the surrounding politics. Essential reading, which gives more detail and analysis than the other essential accounts, such as George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia.

Tells the stories of the individuals who risked (and often lost) their lives in the fight against (and, for balance, sometimes for) Fascism.

No Pasaran!
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