In a vain attempt to pressure Franco on withdrawing the Italian and German troops (is it possible to reason with a dictator?) the Republican Government ordered the withdrawal of the International Brigades in the hope that the Nationalists would follow suit. Silly Idea.
The Italians remained, as did the German air force, whilst the Republicans - already having lost many of their best militia groups - were now to lose their International Brigades. Sad Story.
Put aside that article on SEO tips; defer reading that engaging looking sequel to 'Driving over Churros; postpone ironing that polka dot mini skirt for the feria this week - instead brew up a cup of tea, put your feet up on the dog and watch this fascinating two-part video. Personal accounts of dedication, altruism and bravery accompany these various tales of the volunteers that gave so much - until their exile in 1938.
Emotive and insightful report from 2007 on the American women volunteers that went to fight in Spain.
And Watch The Tortilla Intro Video here...
Why Orwell is essential to understanding Spain today. More here
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