Britain’s Communist Party played a leading role in facilitating and supporting the International Brigades. Three-quarters of the volunteers were CP or YCL members.”, writes Jim Jump our guest and Chair of the International Brigade Memorial Trust.
A rare viewing of an original badge especially struck for the volunteers who had served in the International Brigade. Very few such badges survive to this day.
The original banner still exists. It was made by women textile workers of Barcelona and dedicated to the British Battalion as they were withdrawn from combat. On 17 October the banner was carried through the streets of the Catalan capital. Now it is on display at Marx Memorial Library & Workers School. Also to view the banner of today’s IBMT. The influence of the original is obvious!
Today the IBMT campaigns for recognition of the ‘volunteers for liberty’. The IBMT networks with similar organisations around the world, maintaining the spirit of the internationalism of the IB. Why not get involved.
Recently the IBMT commissioned Platform Films to make a number of short film documentaries about different aspects of the conflict, which you can view below.
Centenary free download
One of the remarkable characters who went to fight in Spain was Thora Silverthorne a Communist Party member who’s life recorded in our new publication Red Lives. Download and distribute this free poster.