Books: Epitaph

THE GREAT CRUSADE—Gustav Regler —Longmans, Green ($2.50).

In 1936 the first International Brigades marched into the Spanish Civil War, shouting: Spain is the grave of fascism. It turned out to be the grave of most of the Internationals. They had almost no arms, often no rations. They were refugees from Germany and Italy, workingmen and intellectuals from France and Belgium, men without identification papers, passports, even names. Most of them were Communists, but there were few Russians among them. They believed they were fighting to save democracy from fascism. In their political innocence...

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