Author Archive for Chris Brooks

Written During An Airplane Attack by Daniel Hutner

January 30, 2019
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Written During An Airplane Attack by Daniel Hutner

Written During An Airplane Attack by Daniel Hutner American Volunteer Killed In Action –September, 1937 The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 1, No. 15, September 20, 1937 Dawn still sleeps; but we awake, Aware that soon those shadows in The sky may hover.   Everywhere about us the earth is raw, With wounds from shells...
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En Laces – Rafael, by Sam Spiller

January 26, 2019
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En Laces – Rafael, by Sam Spiller

The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 32, September 17, 1938. You know, when we got all those new Spanish recruits late in May, we looked at them and a lot of us thought “Hells Bells, look at the kindergarten broke loose.” Why, those kids –they didn’t shave, some of’em would cry if you...
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The Inimitable by James Ruskin

January 18, 2019
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The Inimitable by James Ruskin

The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, no. 33, October 6, 1938 There is not a man of us who did not like and appreciate Teniente Johnny Cookson Adjutant of the Transmission Company of the 15th Brigade for he combined the rare qualities of a man of science, a good organizer, and a sincere simple and...
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Waiting, by Alvah C. Bessie

January 12, 2019
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Waiting, by Alvah C. Bessie

The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 31, September 5, 1938   We moved down off the hill in single file, the taste of breakfast still in our mouths –coffee, chocolate, ham and sardines, bread, marmalade and plums. There was a comfortable weight inside us., and there was, too, the inevitable nervousness, the pre-action...
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Two Poems by Miles Tomlin

January 4, 2019
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Two Poems by Miles Tomlin

Two Poems by Miles Tomalin The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 35, November 7, 1938 TO ENGLAND From the English Dead We, who were English once had eyes and saw The savage greed of those who made this war Tear up from earth, like a hog loose in flowers So many lives as young...
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One Who Came Back by Joseph Rehill

December 28, 2018
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One Who Came Back by Joseph Rehill

One Who Came Back by Joseph Rehill The Volunteer for Liberty, v. II, no. 29, August 13, 1938 I have been asked time and again “What made you boys come back to Spain?” Some comrades. I am sure must think that we had committed a crime and came back as fugitives from justice. I...
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Fighting Men from a Fighting Union by Archie Brown, Political Commissar, Co. 1, Battalion 58

December 21, 2018
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Fighting Men from a Fighting Union by Archie Brown, Political Commissar, Co. 1, Battalion 58

Fighting Men from a Fighting Union by Archie Brown, Political Commissar, Co. 1, Battalion 58 The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 32, September 17, 1938. The nights were cold enough for picketing but in the bargain, there were the cops and the strike breakers. Broken heads and even killings were common. On July...
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George Redlich, Volunteer and Artist

December 14, 2018
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George Redlich, Volunteer and Artist

  George F. Redlich was born on March 22, 1919, in Stillwater, Oklahoma to German immigrants Frederick Wilhelm Redlich and Bertol (Eckold) Redlich. When George was about twelve-years old, his father moved the family from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Chicago, Illinois. The move was prompted by his father’s job loss and the hope that he...
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“We Couldn’t Believe It…” by George Kaye, Machine gun Co. 58th Battalion

December 8, 2018
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“We Couldn’t Believe It…” by George Kaye, Machine gun Co. 58th Battalion

                        “We Couldn’t Believe It…” by George Kaye, Machine gun Co. 58th Battalion The Volunteer for Liberty v. 2, No. 33, October 6, 1938. Hill 666 means several things to us of the Lincolns –eight hours of unadulterated hell, for one thing. As...
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Jack Shirai, (Japanese-American Volunteer, Killed at Villanueva de la Cañada –July 1937) By Ludwig D.

November 30, 2018
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Jack Shirai, (Japanese-American Volunteer, Killed at Villanueva de la Cañada –July 1937) By Ludwig D.

                      Jack Shirai, (Japanese-American Volunteer, killed at Villanueva de la Cañada –July 1937) By Ludwig D. The Volunteer for Liberty, V.1, No. 17, October 4, 1937.   I hear that Comrade Shirai fell. Who did not know him? His funny pidgin English, His smiling...
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