Remember Jarama?

March 1, 2007

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70 years ago in 1937 the British Battalion of the International Brigade fought in its first battle at Jarama against Franco’s fascists. Volunteers from Britain totalled 2,300, of whom 525 died in Spain. For more details on the International Brigades visit International Brigades. How would we deal with the spectre of fascism today… if it reared it’s head in the way it did in the 1930’s in Spain… I visited Barcelona last year and attended an exhibition about the civil war I was struck by the idealism of the republican government of the time and it’s attempts to create what some would term a utopia… Though, they could rightly say that the Church had failed to serve the people and it was actually supporting the Fascist rebels. What hope was there for ordinary Spanish people from the Church? Very little, the Fascists led by Franco slaughtered many and were supported by the Nazi’s and Italian Fascists, the democracies of France and the United Kingdom terrified of another World War refused to aid the Democratically elected Government of the Spanish Republic resulting in 40 years of Fascist Dictatorship… Worth thinking about?

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3 Responses to “Remember Jarama?”

  1. frances steigman Says:

    interested to hear anything at all about the last days of the battle

  2. Stuey Says:

    I hope you don’t mind but I’ve loaded this image into WikiCommons so I can add the banner to the wikipedia page. If you don’t want me to let me know and I’ll remove it.


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