Author Archive for Chris Brooks

The First Day – by Leo Rosenberg

January 27, 2015
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The First Day – by Leo Rosenberg

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting interesting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer, annotated by Chris. This week we feature a longer piece by Leo Rosenberg who describes the transformation of...
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Poems in Memory of Louis Ladman – by Ida Gill

January 20, 2015
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Poems in Memory of Louis Ladman – by Ida Gill

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting interesting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer, annotated by Chris. Here we reproduce two poems written by Ida Gill in memory of Abraham Lincoln Brigade...
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The Unknown Contingent – by Ken Graeber

January 13, 2015
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The Unknown Contingent – by Ken Graeber

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting interesting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer, annotated by Chris. The third installment is a piece from Ken Graeber on the International Brigades’ reserve ambulance corps....
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I Didn’t Shoot Him – by Maury Colow

January 6, 2015
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I Didn’t Shoot Him – by Maury Colow

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting interesting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer, annotated by Chris. For this next installment, here is Maury Colow’s reflection on a decision made through rifle-sights...
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Book Review: Irish volunteers in Spain

December 30, 2014
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<i>Book Review:</i> Irish volunteers in Spain

Barry McLoughlin, Fighting for Republican Spain, 1936-38, Frank Ryan and the Volunteers from Limerick in the International Brigade, Ireland:  Barry McLoughlin, 2014. 
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Dely – by Si Podolin

December 29, 2014
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Dely – by Si Podolin

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting interesting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer, annotated by Chris. Here, to start, is a piece by Si Podolin on John Delehanty, aka “Dely,” which ran...
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Book Review: The Stranger in the Attic

December 17, 2014
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<em>Book Review:</em> The Stranger in the Attic

John Kedzie Jacobs, The Stranger in the Attic: Finding a Lost Brother in His Letters Home (Lexington, KY: Jacobs, 2013).
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The making of the the Washington Battalion

March 21, 2014
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The making of the the Washington Battalion

On April 24, 1937 Captain Mirko Markovic traveled to Madrigueras, site of one of the training bases of the International Brigades, to initiate the formation of a second American Battalion. In Madrigueras Markovic found approximately 100 American volunteers. On first impression Markovic was an odd choice to take the command.
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Remembering Marcus Billings

June 20, 2013
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Remembering Marcus Billings

Marcus Judson Billings was born on June 10, 1914 in Redlands, California to O. S. Billings, a printer and the former Francis Devore, a housewife. He grew up in Redlands and graduated from Redlands High School.
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Albin Ragner: An Unpublished Memoir

February 27, 2013
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Albin Ragner: An Unpublished Memoir

This is the story of my service in the Spanish Civil War during the years 1937 and 1938 as a soldier in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade of the 15th Brigade of the International Brigades.
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