British Volunteers In The Spanish Civil War

Overview

During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 almost 2,500 men and women left Britain to fight for the Spanish Republic. This book examines the role, experiences and contribution of the volunteers who fought in the British Battalion of the 15 International Brigadesasking:

* Who were these volunteers?
* Where did they come from?
* Why did they go to Spain?
* How much did they actually help the Spanish Republic?

In contrast to recent revisionist interpretations, this work stresses the...

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British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War: The British Battalion in the International Brigades, 1936-1939

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Overview

During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 almost 2,500 men and women left Britain to fight for the Spanish Republic. This book examines the role, experiences and contribution of the volunteers who fought in the British Battalion of the 15 International Brigadesasking:

* Who were these volunteers?
* Where did they come from?
* Why did they go to Spain?
* How much did they actually help the Spanish Republic?

In contrast to recent revisionist interpretations, this work stresses the crucial importance of the war experience itself, rather than political ideology, in the understanding of the volunteers' role and experiences within the Spanish war.

This book will be of essential interest to historians and those interested in the Spanish Civil War.

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Meet the Author

Richard Baxell studied history as an undergraduate at Middlesex University, before taking an M.A. in Computer Application for History at the Institute of Historical Research. This book developed from research whilst reading for a Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently researching into the British volunteers' attitudes and experiences during World War II.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
List of maps
List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Who were the British volunteers? 8
2 Why did they go? 25
3 Madrid, 1936 : manning the Spanish barricades 47
4 Cerca de Madrid, 1937 : the battle of Jarama and 'the furnace of Brunete' 66
5 Into Aragon, 1937-1938 : Teruel, 'the great retreat' and the Ebro offensive 87
6 Prisoners of war 109
7 British volunteers for liberty or Comintern army? 130
App. 1 Commanders of the British Battalion 150
App. 2 Political commissars of the British Battalion 151
Notes 152
References and bibliography 201
Index 211
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