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Lloyd Edward Johnson (1896-1938) Volunteer

October 4, 2019
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Lloyd Edward Johnson (1896-1938) Volunteer

Lloyd Edward Johnson was 41-years old when he arrived in Spain in April 1937.  He was the oldest of four sons born to Norwegian immigrants Seavert and Nesina Johnson. Johnson was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He applied for a position as an apprentice electrician with the Northern Pacific Railway Company when...
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Colonel LeBeau by Hilliard Bernstein

September 27, 2019
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Colonel LeBeau by Hilliard Bernstein

Pursuit of Reason, Philadelphia: Adelante Press, 1971, p.19-20 “Wat’s dis, wat’s dis?” Colonel Jean LeBeau bounced along the line of fire like a bullet-proof ball. “Come ‘lone der, Yanks. Let’s go! Up de hill, up de hill!” The Colonel put his whole, squat body into his appeal to get the men moving. He waved...
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American Hospital Unit Leaves the Southern Front, Unattributed

September 20, 2019
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American Hospital Unit Leaves the Southern Front, Unattributed

The Volunteer for Liberty, V.1, No. 24, November 17, 1937 After six months on the Cordoba front, the American Hospital Unit under Dr. A. I. Friedman (of Hackensack, N. J.) is now at Villa Paz for a short period of reorganization before, leaving for the Fifteenth Brigade. The American Hospital of the South and...
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With the Mac-Paps by Dave Gordon

September 13, 2019
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With the Mac-Paps by Dave Gordon

The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 31, August 5, 1938. The Army of the East is coming to the aid of the Levante! Like a bolt of lightning this sweeping thought penetrated every company, every unit, every soldier in the Army. How? Where? Again the smashing lightning idea. Along a front of more than...
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MORA LA NUEVA – MAY-1938 by Barney Baley

September 6, 2019
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MORA LA NUEVA – MAY-1938 by Barney Baley

                              That morning when I heard that Manch was killed— Beneath the almond tree our company Was lined up for its bread and jam and coffee. I saw his sergeant, Aaron, passing by. I called to him; he told me...
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What are The Duties of a Cabo? by Roy Watts

August 30, 2019
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What are The Duties of a Cabo? by Roy Watts

The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 31, September 5, 1938. The cabo in the Spanish people’s army should realize that not only has he many responsibilities in connection with the whole life of the soldiers in his squad, but also that it is necessary to train himself in such a way as to...
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Tasks of a Cabo by Clarence Schuler

August 23, 2019
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Tasks of a Cabo by Clarence Schuler

The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 25, July 19, 1938 The cabo in the performance of his tasks plays a very important part in the functioning of a military machine. The squad, being the basic unit, must function properly in every way, if the peloton, section, company, etc. , are in turn to function...
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Edward Lewis, producer of “Spartacus,” and the Spanish Civil War

August 17, 2019
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Edward Lewis, producer of “Spartacus,” and the Spanish Civil War

Edward Lewis, best known as the producer of Stanley Kubrik’s Spartacus (1960), passed away this week; he was 99. His life and work had several important connections to the Spanish Civil War. For Spartacus, Lewis hired screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who, along with Lincoln vet Alvah Bessie, was one of the “Hollywood Ten.” When Lewis demanded that Trumbo be credited publicly...
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What are the Duties of a Cabo? By James Lardner

August 16, 2019
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What are the Duties of a Cabo? By James Lardner

The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, no. 25, July 19, 1938 The functions of a Cabo is to see that his men execute quickly and efficiently the order of his superior officers. To this end he must have, first, an extensive knowledge of military technique; secondly; the respect of his squad; third, a sense of...
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Typhoid – Poem, (Its poisonous) by Hank

August 9, 2019
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Typhoid – Poem, (Its poisonous) by Hank

                            The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 25, July 19, 1938 Ode to the Fly The fly, the fly, oh me, oh my, it gets in my hair, it sits on my chair. In spite of all “Flit” it gets in...
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