The International Brigades by Giles Tremlett review – fighting fascism in Spain
The Spanish civil war has long been valorised by the European left, documented, debated and commemorated in incredible detail – in many thousands of books, but also in film, in song, in musical theatre, in poster exhibitions, badges and T-shirts. And while there are many tales of selfless sacrifice, solidarity and idealism, there is also much in the story that is inglorious – the boredom, unpreparedness and terrible equipment, the panic, internal arguments and betrayals, lice, accidental deaths and injuries and Franco’s eventual triumph.
So, we going to get to the Stalinist murders of the rest* of the left?
Ah, no, thought not.
*An exaggeration but not by much.