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Thread #32044 Message #3076956
Posted By: Jim Carroll
18-Jan-11 - 04:52 AM
Thread Name: Abraham Lincoln Brigade
Subject: RE: Abraham Lincoln Brigade
"He has the honor of having been wounded by Fascists"
My father was wounded by fascists and spent a year as a prisoner-of-war in Spain - I don't thing he considered it much of an 'honour'.
"....very messy war"
The war would have been far less messy had the powers-that-be recognised fascism as the threat that it was, rather than treating those who went to fight in Spain as criminals.
My dad returned home in 1939 to find he had been 'awarded' a security record as a "premature anti-fascist" and had been blacklisted from his work, forcing him to become one of 'MacAlpine's Men'. My mother, sister and I hardly ever saw him until 1953 when he finally returned home.
On top of this, he was excommunicated from his church for supporting the wrong side; no great problem as far as he was concerned - but it certainly helped 'pin the tail on the donkey' in the Who's Who Book of Fascict Supporters'.