3000 Young men from across Britain, many who were Communists or sympathetic to their cause, left relative safety at home to go and fight for the Republican Government of Spain who were being attacked by Franco's Fascist forces.
They formed International Brigades (Brigadas Internacionales) and fought heroically, aided by material support by the Soviet Union, who stepped in once it was clear that Fascist Germany and Italy were arming and enabling Franco. 600 were from Scotland.
But today there are those who wish to distort this memory and muddy the waters. Now that all the International Brigaders have passed on, today many people's first encounter with tales of the Civil War could be via Ken Loach's very controversal film "Land and Freedom" or through anti-Communist George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia". The message of these revisionist works do not tally with the experience or "ordinary" heros of the International Brigades, it is a rewriting of history. We hope this small video can go some way to readdressing the historical balance & understanding that we have through the International Brigaders and their legendary voluntary heroism.
You can also find out more via the The International Brigade Memorial Trust http://www.international-brigades.org.uk/