A NEW book retells the story of George Orwell´s involvement in the Spanish Civil War.
Not Just Orwell, by Christopher Hall, recalls the heroics of those who fought alongside England’s famous novelist between 1936 and 1938.
Fighting for the POUM – the anti-Stalinist Communist party militia – they were mostly thrown into battle against Franco’s Nationalist troops on the Aragon front.
At the official launch in Salford, near Manchester, over 60 people gathered to commemorate those British and Irish anti-Fascists, who fought with Orwell.
Many of the men were members of the Independent Labour Party (ILP).
Guest of honour was 95-year-old Roma Marquez Santo, from Barcelona, one of only two surviving members of the Lenin Column. Roma unveiled the commemorative plaque to the ILP volunteers by drawing aside a Catalan flag.
Roma served in the POUM militia and later in the Republican Army, where he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. After the Civil War he was imprisoned by the Franco regime.