Author Archive for Chris Brooks

Gus

July 31, 2016
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 Blast from the Past is an ongoing series reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. Gus by Ed Lending The Volunteer, Volume 5, Number 1, February 1983. It’s reassuring to know that our comrades will not pass out of our lives un-commemorated. My own failure to fittingly solemnize one comrade’s death has been...
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Jarama Series The Regiments

July 13, 2016
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Jarama Series The Regiments

In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete Offensive in July 1937. Articles will focus both on the battalion’s formation as well as on the individuals who served. These articles are intended to...
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Jarama Series: Canadians in the Lincoln Battalion

June 15, 2016
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Jarama Series: Canadians in the Lincoln Battalion

 In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete Offensive in July 1937. Articles will focus both on the battalion’s formation as well as on the individuals who served. These articles are intended to...
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Jarama Series: Spanish Battalions

June 4, 2016
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In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete Offensive in July 1937. Articles will focus both on the battalion’s formation as well as on the individuals who served. These articles are intended to...
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Jarama Series: Killing Time

May 12, 2016
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Jarama Series: Killing Time

In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete Offensive in July 1937. Articles will focus both on the battalion’s formation as well as on the individuals who served. These articles are intended to...
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Jarama Series: Garibaldis

April 22, 2016
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Jarama Series: Garibaldis

In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete Offensive in July 1937. Articles will focus both on the battalion’s formation as well as on the individuals who served. These articles are intended to...
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Book Review: Alphaeus Prowell, An Unordinary Life

April 19, 2016
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<i>Book Review:</i> Alphaeus Prowell, An Unordinary Life

Dawn Rolland’s newest e-book Alphaeus Prowell An Unordinary Life, A Genealogy Picture Book, is a companion piece to Letters From An American Volunteer in the Spanish Civil War.  She presents a treasure trove of material that provides context around A. D. Prowell’s life. Prowell was part of a small but active group of African...
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Jarama Series: Dead Mule Trench

April 5, 2016
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Jarama Series: Dead Mule Trench

In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete Offensive in July 1937. Articles will focus both on the battalion’s formation as well as on the individuals who served. These articles are intended to...
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Jarama Series: The Deserters

March 16, 2016
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Jarama Series: The Deserters

In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete Offensive in July 1937. Articles will focus both on the battalion’s formation as well as on the individuals who served. These articles are intended to...
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The Death of Major Robert Hale Merriman

March 13, 2016
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The Death of Major Robert Hale Merriman

Robert Hale Merriman, Chief of Staff of the XV International Brigade, disappeared behind enemy lines. His body was never recovered. What happened? Two memoirs and an interview give conflicting versions.
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