Madrid 1937: Letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade From the Spanish Civil War

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These letters will lift your spirit and break your heart. They will take you back to a time when 2,800 Americans took up arms and confronted Hitler's Condor Legion, Mussolini's Black Shirts, and Franco's fascist cavalry on the battlefields of Spain. Here are the actual letters that Abraham Lincoln Brigade members wrote home from 1936 to 1939. Here are accounts of their combat experiences, the love letters they wrote under fire, tales of the friendships they formed among themselves and with their Spanish comrades,...
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These letters will lift your spirit and break your heart. They will take you back to a time when 2,800 Americans took up arms and confronted Hitler's Condor Legion, Mussolini's Black Shirts, and Franco's fascist cavalry on the battlefields of Spain. Here are the actual letters that Abraham Lincoln Brigade members wrote home from 1936 to 1939. Here are accounts of their combat experiences, the love letters they wrote under fire, tales of the friendships they formed among themselves and with their Spanish comrades, and their reports of history's first saturation bombing of civilian targets in Madrid and Barcelona. It was the eve of World War II, and these men and women saw clearly the danger the world was facing. Now, both those who died and those who lived tell us their stories for the first time.
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The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) was a bloody dress rehearsal for World War II, but few Americans realized it at the time. Over 2800 Americans volunteered to fight for Spain's democratically elected government against the Fascists, who were supported by German and Italian troops, planes, and tanks. The Americans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade came from all social classes and occupations. Few had any military skills and training, but all possessed a desire to fight the rising tide of Fascism. The editors, both college professors, have collected hundreds of letters from the American veterans and their families. Organized chronologically by subject, these letters reveal the American volunteers to be idealistic about politics and nave about war. Covering training, battles, and hardships, the letters reveal the volunteers' patriotic fervor, hope, fatigue, despair, and friendships, as well as the numbing fear of artillery and air attack and the chilling terror of close combat. Historically concise and humanly real, this book is a superb companion to Peter Wyden's The Passionate War (1983). For the general reader and history buff.-Col. William D. Bushnell, USMC (ret.), Brunswick, Me.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415914086
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Cary Nelson is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jefferson Hendricks is Associate Professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana. Their previous work together includes the coedited Collected Poems of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion's poet laureate, Edwin Rolfe.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: I Dreamed I Sang "The Internationale" to Adolf Hitler 1
Chronology 23
I Why We Went: The Crusade Against Fascism 29
II Journey to Spain: The Perils of a Sleeping World 49
III Jarama: The Fog of War 81
IV In Spanish Towns and Cities: Solidarity with a People at War 99
V In Training and In Reserve: Morale and the Arts of War 141
VI In Battle: From the Plains of Brunete to Fuentes de Ebro 181
VII The Medical Services: Making History and Saving Lives 233
VIII Madrid: The Heart of the World 279
IX Politics: Reading the 1930s 307
X The Regiment De Tren: Transportation Under Fire 333
XI In Battle: From the Snows of Teruel to the Great Retreats 359
XII In Training Again: Rebuilding a Battalion 385
XIII The Last Campaign: Across the Ebro River 399
XIV Barcelona: Assault from the Air 417
XV On the Way Home: The Trials of a Legend-to-Be 451
Afterword 481
Index 485
Glossary 487
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