Updates 26 Februay 2013

February 27, 2013


I have added several links to youtube videos and a link to the Friends and Veterans of the Mackenzie Papineau Battalion.  The Scots Who Fought Franco is a well made documentary featuring the author of Homage to Caledonia.  I also added a lecture given by Lincoln veteran Lou Gordon to a Johns Hopkins class.  The lecture is really well done.  Gordon is both informative and entertaining.  I also added a link to an interview with Micheal Petrou on Canadian volunteers. 

I also found a write up on Jyrki Juusela’s book on Finnish volunteers.  I translated it with Bing translator, though the translation leaves a bit to be desired.  Juusela provided copies of his biographical sketches for the ALBA biographical dictionary project.


The Finns in the Spanish Civil War
Jyrki Juusela: the Spanish civil war. Atena 2003.
Jyrki Juusela is the author of a scholarly work on the participation of the Spanish civil war, the Finns. In the past, the subject has appeared in such anthologies which, like the muistelmiakin, but all of the Finnish War Juusela has sought to experience the same. In this way, the fate of the men who have fought on opposite sides can be found in the same book. The events of war doesn’t just Juusela depiction, but she find out in his book, both in Finland and in North America occurred in the recruitment of volunteers and money collection. At the beginning of the book is a concise General Declaration on the activities of international aid, of the reasons for the war, as well as the events of the war in General.
After the second world war, the Spanish civil war, where the esinäytöksenä can be considered to come from the opponents of Germany and the Soviet Union tested their own battle of the instruments, and the conflicting ideologies of the nineteenth century. Spain traveled to fight on behalf of their own ideology, as well as the Communists and the fascists. International volunteers were given a great deal of attention, even if their number, particularly in the Republican ranks was fairly limited. In the years 1936-1939, fought on the Republican side about 45 000 volunteers in 52 different countries. Their numbers, however, was only about two per cent of the strength of the Republican Army. On the side of the rebels of the national, or fought over 150 000 foreigners, among them some Jukka needed.
According to the Republican side fought Juuselan 225 Finnish. This figure has been calculated from the United States and Canada arrived. According to Juuselan the Soviet Union arrived in two Finnish advisers. About one-third of the volunteers was one-third of the suomensuomalaisia, amerikansuomalaisia and the rest of the kanadansuomalaisia. Kanadansuomalaiset served as a general rule, the Mackenzie-Papineau battalion and the amerikansuomalaiset-the Lincoln battalion. The number of departments, which served in the war of the Finnish volunteers, the events are taking place through in great detail. Due to the close and detailed narrative to the person to whom you are not familiar with the geography of Spain, wants to drop the ride. The narrative unfolds, however, in a natural way.
On the side of the Republicans received 60% of the volunteers from different countries had joined the Communists on arrival and 20 per cent of the parties in Spain. Therefore, to a large extent, the volunteers were the hard positivistically inclined, left-wing. Among the deserters and adventurers, still fits in the prisoner’s wife in the evening karanneita.
Juuselan the narrative does not remain merely a bunch of Department level, but he is also examining the fates of individual volunteers. Republicans on the side of the taistelleista of the Finnish people crashed or killed 67 men, i.e. almost a third of the volunteers. Many people also were wounded or had captured. Their fates Juusela asks.
One of the most interesting is the proportion of the volunteers of the civil war, describing the fates of the post. Juusela tells how the volunteers returned to their home countries, and what happened to them on their return to Finland or to North America. The value of the left-wing of the world embraced the volunteers found themselves in trouble after returning to Finland in the winter war, and many were subjected to preventive detention. Upon the outbreak of the continuation war they were imprisoned again. Some of the Spanish civil war veterans served in the Finnish Army, defected to the Soviet Union, while few and work mm. desantteina. The United States and Canada back survived the easier ones, and many of them took part in the battles of the second world war, the armies of their home countries.
According to the Finnish side of the nationalists fought for Juuselan 14, four of which crashed. Their share of the book already has a number of less. Most of the far-right nationalist side of the taistelleista of the Finns was the background. There were a couple of professional officers. Most of them participated in the battles of the Spanish Foreign Legion in the ranks.
A person in the directory at the end of the book is a good source for the individual fates of selviteltäessä men. None of the lists are never perfect, but there is plenty of time for the kaivaakseen information about the used Juusela, as far as possible, the number of which was included in the Finnish. Small gaps and errors in the fall.
The artwork is good, there are plenty of pictures of battle situations. The image data is collected, as a general rule, books and magazines. The original picture of the material would be found in abundance, as well as a Public archive that Working from the repository.
Mikko Kosunen

Update 3 February 2013 – Two New Links added

February 3, 2013

My old computer is officially dead. I will be working on retrieving data from the old hard drive. This will push me back again on putting together the bi-weekly biographical sketches.

I have also added two links. The first to David Leach’s superb Voices From a Mountain. The second is from a Canadian(?) television show called Battlefield Mysteries. It covers all of the battles of the XV BDE with the exception of Fuentes del Ebro and Teruel.