KLA volunteers

MScoleman at aol.com MScoleman at aol.com
Fri Apr 23 08:13:23 PDT 1999

In a message dated 99-04-22 14:20:21 EDT, you write:

<< Lew wrote:

>In article <6f5f9425.244eb331 at aol.com>, MScoleman at aol.com writes

>>I understand the legal no-person's land, but then how did the Brigades

end up

>>in the Spanish Civil War? maggie coleman mscoleman at aol.com


>The volunteer Brigades were fighting for the democratically elected (and

>therefore legally constituted) Republic against the illegal

>insurrectionaries led by Franco.

Mark's response:

This was not the position of the US government upon the return of the

International Brigades. Because of their ties to the left, Americans who

fought in Spain were branded Premature Anti-Fascists (PAF) and suffered

various forms of discrimination, from not being allowed to serve in the US

armed forces during WWII to loss of employment, etc.


Thanks, I thought there was a lot of controversy over the International Brigades, not the least of which was that they were sponsored by the American Communist Party. Also, didn't a larger percentage of those fighting in the brigades die from lack of training, etc.? maggie coleman mscoleman at aol.com

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