Author Archive for Chris Brooks

Aaron Lopoff by A. C. B. [Alvah Bessie]

August 12, 2018
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Aaron Lopoff by A. C. B. [Alvah Bessie]

                          Aaron Lopoff  ~ Alvah Bessie The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 33, October 6, 1938. During the days when we used to joke about withdrawal of the volunteers and wonder when the car was coming down the road with the...
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Lincoln Battalion Commissar by H. A.

August 5, 2018
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Lincoln Battalion Commissar by H. A.

The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 1, No. 9, August 9, 1937. Lincoln Battalion Commissar by H. A. “Don’t let ‘em get Steve!” This is the word that travels like a flash of lightning through the Lincoln-Washington Battalion lines before and during the attack. Steve Nelson, Political Commissar of the Lincoln-Washington Battalion, tireless worker. At...
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“Chofers” As Seen By One Of Them by Easey Goldstein, Sargento

July 31, 2018
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“Chofers” As Seen By One Of Them by Easey Goldstein, Sargento

The Volunteer for Liberty, V.2, No. 33, October 6, 1938. Among the unsung heroes of the Ebro action are the Brigade chauffeurs who bring the men food, munitions, and material. Because they work unostentatiously and efficiently, they have become accepted in a matter of fact way, as a cog in the war machine. And...
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Commissar Nicholas Myer — unattributed

July 24, 2018
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Commissar Nicholas Myer — unattributed

The Volunteer for Liberty, V.2, No. 35, November 7, 1938. Nick Myers, Commissar of Co. 1, Mac-Pap Battalion was wounded in the attack on Asco by the same shell that laid out Lionel Edwards the Company Commander. “I heard it coming” he says “but I was in a hurry and kept going. I ran...
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Ukes and Finns of the Mac-Paps, unattributed

July 21, 2018
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Ukes and Finns of the Mac-Paps, unattributed

Ukes and Finns of the Mac-Paps, The Volunteer For Liberty, v. 2, No. 29, August 13, 1938. Our battalion has them too. We mean the Ukes and the Finns. They come from Canada too, but most of them have not only experienced the class struggle in Canada but have received an even more adequate...
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Dimitrov Heroes by Ivan Gosnjak

July 13, 2018
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Dimitrov Heroes by Ivan Gosnjak

Notre Combat, Journal de la 15ème Brigade Internationale, No. 32, August 19, 1937, p. 7. Dimitrov Heroes by Ivan Gosnjak The First Section of the Matija Gubec Company of the Dimitrov Battalion is almost wholly composed of comrades coming from Canada. These comrades are, in the main, Croats who were compelled by economic circumstances...
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Bennett Jeffries Doty A Delayed Obituary

July 1, 2018
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Bennett Jeffries Doty A Delayed Obituary

  Bennett Jeffries Doty, Soldier of Fortune, attorney and author died April 4, 1938 in an unidentified hospital near Gandesa, Spain. Doty was born to Lemuel Humphries Doty (1866-1962) and Margaret “Mell” Jeffries Doty on August 16, 1900 in Faunsdale, Hale County, Alabama. Doty, who had an adventurous streak, joined the Tennessee Army National...
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An American Dentist In Spain ~ Jack Klein by M. M.

June 11, 2018
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An American Dentist In Spain ~ Jack Klein by M. M.

THE VOLUNTEER Volume 2, January 15, 1938 No other International volunteer in Spain has been in so unique a position as Dr. Jack Klein, the American dentist with a roving commission. Ever-busy, ever smiling he has covered all the fronts, travelling over 10,000 miles in his dental truck, and treated about 3,000 persons, including...
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The Unusual Case of Alexander Sauermilch, Volunteer and Survivor of The Ciudad de Barcelona

May 25, 2018
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The Unusual Case of Alexander Sauermilch, Volunteer and Survivor of The Ciudad de Barcelona

Alexander Sauermilch was one of more than seventy American volunteers who boarded the Ciudad de Barcelona (City of Barcelona) docked in port of Marseille, France on the night of May 30, 1937. The following afternoon as the Ciudad de Barcelona, hugged the coast approaching Malaga she was sighted by a Nationalist submarine. The General...
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Fred Williams in Spain

May 10, 2018
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Fred Williams in Spain

  Fred Williams in Spain Twenty-one-year old Fred Williams was living in St. Louis Missouri when he volunteered to serve in the International Brigades.  He sailed for France on October 23, 1937 aboard the SS Champlain and crossed into Spain arriving in Figueres on November 5, 1937.  Williams arrived in Tarazona the American training...
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