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The volunteers

Between 1996 and 2016, IBMT archivist Jim Carmody and I worked on putting together an annotated list of all the ‘British’ and Irish volunteers for the Republic in the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939. The list drew upon a wide range of sources held in Britain, Spain and Russia, though principally those held in the International Brigade Archive in the Marx Memorial in London and the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI) in Moscow.

The searchable list below gives a brief summary for each of the 2372 individuals held within our records. In time more information on each volunteer will be placed online. Hopefully, until then, this will be a useful starting point for relatives, students and researchers.

N.B. The records include assessments of the volunteers made by their political superiors in the latter part of the war in Spain. Many are derogatory, referring to desertion, drunkenness and indiscipline, but should be taken with a pinch of salt. They were written for internal use primarily as an assessment as suitability for future membership of the Communist Party at home. Many volunteers with outstanding military records in Spain – including senior ranking officers – nevertheless received extremely critical assessments.

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