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Spanish Civil War

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Spanish mountainsThe Spanish Civil War began in July 1936. Thousands of volunteers went from Britain to join others in the International Brigade, and the USSR, to fight with the Spanish Republicans against fascism

National Archives

  • To mark the 75th anniversary in July 2011, The National Archives has made records relating to British and Irish volunteers in the war available at National Archive - Documents Online
  • The records include a list of over 4,000 volunteers who left Britain to join the fight against fascism and a roll of honour of those killed in action
  • Learn more at The National Archives news page

International Brigade Memorial Trust

Imperial War Museum

The Guardian newspaper


As a library member you can access a range of e-resources by logging in with your library card number and PIN.

  • Credo Reference - search "Spanish Civil War", including the quotation marks as shown here
    - search guernica to read about Picasso's famous painting 'Guernica' inspired by the devastating bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. The painting has come to symbolise the savagery of war
  • Encyclopedia Britannica - search "spanish civil war" for background articles, images and videos. For the videos, click the 'Multimedia' links on the results page
  • Times Digital Archive - search "spanish civil war" for archive news reports

Page last updated: 31st March 2017