20 November-Franco

The Spanish Civil War which lasted from 1936 to 1939 led to the overthrow of the elected government by the fascist forces led by General Franco. Irish volunteers fought on both sides during the war. 320 Irish men fought with the International Brigade in support of government forces. Over 600 Irish men fought on the side of General Franco. Franco was victorious in a war that saw an estimated half a million people killed. He established an autocratic dictatorship and ruled Spain for the next 35 years. General Francisco died in the year 1975 On This Day

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One Reply to “20 November-Franco”

  1. Ten years before I saw the light of morning
    A comradeship of heroes was laid
    From every corner of the world came sailing
    The Fifteenth International Brigade

    They came to stand beside the Spanish people
    To try and stem the rising fascist tide
    Franco’s allies were the powerful and wealthy
    Frank Ryan’s men came from the other side

    Even the olives were bleeding
    As the battle for Madrid it thundered on
    Truth and love against the force of evil
    Brotherhood against the fascist clan

    Viva la Quince Brigada
    “No Pasaran”, the pledge that made them fight
    “Adelante” is the cry around the hillside
    Let us all remember them tonight

    Bob Hilliard was a Church of Ireland pastor
    Form Killarney across the Pyrenees he came
    From Derry came a brave young Christian Brother
    Side by side they fought and died in Spain

    Christy Moore – Viva la Quince Brigada

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