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GUEST,colwyn dane Abraham Lincoln Brigade (30) RE: BS: Abraham Lincoln Brigade 17 Mar 01

Hi folks,

I don't think anybody using the Mudcat facilities, participated in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, (they also had
Civil War's in 1820-23 and 1840-43) so I guess most of 1936-39 information comes to us as filtered by historians.
Of course today's view is seen 'in colour' and not as then in black and white.

The following is taking from autobiographical material of a former member of the IB.

"There is no longer any point in trying to untangle the web of lies
and confusions which lay behind that ghastly civil war. It arose out of total confusion and chaos.
There were individuals on both sides who committed every possible form of cruelty and beastliness.
And nobody, from either side, came out of it with clean hands. We, of the International Brigades,
had wilfully deluded ourselves into the belief that we were fighting a noble Crusade because we
needed a crusade - the opportunity to fight against the mainfest evils of Fascism, in one form or
another, which seemed then as if it would overwhelm every value of Western civilisation.
We were wrong, we deceived ourselves and were deceived by others: but even then, the whole thing was not in vain.
Even at the moments of the greatest gloom and depression, I have never regretted that I took part in it.
The situation is not to be judged by what we now know of it, but only as it appeared in the context of the period.
And in that context there was a clear choice for anyone who professed to be opposed to Fascism."

---J. Gurney, 'Crusade in Spain' (London, Faber, 1974)---

A possible reason for the failure of the Republic:

"Franco needed help from the opposite side of the battlefront. And he obtained this aid.
His chief assistant was and still is Stalin, the gravedigger of the Bolshevik Party and the proletarian revolution.
(and further along)
>br> ....we have witnessed during the last two years the growing distrust and hatred of the republican cliques on the part
of the peasants and workers. Despair or dull indifference gradually replaced revolutionary enthusiasm and the
spirit of self-sacrifice. The masses turned their backs on those who had deceived and trampled upon them.
That is the primary reason for the defeat of the republican troops."
--- L.Trotsky article written in February 1939 and quoted in Cunningham(ed.), "Spanish Front, Writers on the Civil War"

I hope this helps somebody somewhere.

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