Reading Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39
Reading has one of the country’s best regarded memorials to volunteers who served in the International Brigades, fighting in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39.
In this talk, Mike Cooper, co-author of “We Cannot Park on Both Sides” a history of Reading volunteers in Spain, will look at the background to the memorial, the war, and what are now believed to be over 15 men and women with a Reading connection who served in Spain.
Pre-booking is required because places are limited. Full joining instructions will be emailed to attendees in advance. Bookings close, therefore, one day before the event.
This is the fourth talk of five in the Summer Potpourri of Social History Talks Series. Book all five talks in one multi-ticket for the discounted price of four.
To join this talk, you will need a computer device with speakers. Ideally, also a webcam and microphone. You also need to be able to access the internet from it. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software, which will be sent in advance. Technical help is available, please contact
Image: Poster of the Spanish Civil War, Por las Armas-La Patria, el Pan y la Justicia (cropped), Creative Commons CC PD-UK-unknown.
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Mike has had a lifelong interest in history, especially military and local history. Following a history degree at the University of Reading he worked as a librarian, with both the University and Reading Library. In addition to work on librarianship, he has had three books on the history of Reading published. Mike works for Reading Borough Council, and lives in Tilehurst with his wife and Moggy the Cat.