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The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (1984)

The story of an American Communist militia that fought for the Spanish Republicans in the 1936-39 Civil War.
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Credited cast:
Ruth Davidow Ruth Davidow
Colleen Dewhurst ... La Pasionaria (voice)
John Houseman
Studs Terkel ... Narrator (voice)


This documentary examines the experiences of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, using interviews with survivors more than 50 years later. First, the film sets the context with the rise of Fascism. Then, in 1936, Spain's military revolts against the elected government, and the U.S. and Europe agree not to intervene. In response, volunteers snuck past border guards into Spain to fight with the Republicans. The men and women veterans describe the perils of reaching Spain, limited training, responsibilities of command thrust on the very young, deprivations of a soldier's life, lack of matériel, horrible rates of casualties, and ultimate vindication at the end of World War II. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War




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The Spanish Civil War - from the viewpoint of the international Leftist volunteers
19 March 2013 | by jacquesshellacSee all my reviews

I saw this video quite a while back, and ended up giving it to an anarchist friend of mine. Horribly one-sided, as so much history on the Spanish Civil War is, but it is a very good source of first hand accounts from actual veterans of the war (albeit all being from one side of it). Shameless Leftist propaganda, and of course the atrocities of the socialists and anarchists are either ignored, denied outright or lied about. But it does give you a sense of the implacable hatreds that made the war so brutal and drag on so long.

If you're interested in the period, it might be worth a look. Just don't expect any objectivity whatsoever.

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