Author Archive for Chris Brooks

Blast from the past: Si Podolin on John Delehanty

December 29, 2014
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Blast from the past: Si Podolin on John Delehanty

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Albin Ragner: An Unpublished Memoir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Albin Ragner: An Unpublished Memoir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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Spanish Civil War Pamphlets Accessible Online

September 28, 2012
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Spanish Civil War Pamphlets Accessible Online

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has several pamphlets and magazines related to American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War in its online collection.  These open source documents provide access to materials normally accessible only within an archive.  All of these items were published for fundraising and propaganda purposes and provide a view...
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Book Review: Ivor Hickman, the last to fall

March 9, 2012
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Book Review: Ivor Hickman, the last to fall

The Last to Fall, The Life and Letters of Ivor Hickman – an International Brigadier in Spain, by John L. Wainwright’s. Hatchet Green Publishing, 2012. From the cover photograph, of the International Brigade volunteer’s weather-beaten face to the closing lines of "The Last to Fall, The Life and Letters of Ivor Hickman – an International Brigadier...
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Book Review: Ernest Hemingway’s pal

December 4, 2011
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Book Review: Ernest Hemingway’s pal

Grace Under Pressure: The Life of Evan Shipman. By Sean O’Rourke. Harwood Publishing and Unlimited Publishing, 2011. “I owe Spain a great deal,” Evan Shipman wrote to his good friend Ernest Hemingway on his return from Spain in June 1938. Shipman’s road to war followed a unique path that was influenced by the novelist. He...
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The Lincoln Brigade in Life Magazine

March 18, 2010
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The Lincoln Brigade in Life Magazine

Google Books now has the full content of LIFE Magazine available online. There are two articles on American volunteers: March 28, 1938, Americans Have Died For Democracy in Spain, pp. 56-57; October 31, 1938, American Fighters Against Fascism Come Home From Spanish Civil War, p. 17.
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