Sunday, 27 January 2008

Heddiw icWales:

The military rising against the democratically elected Spanish Popular Front Republican Government, which led to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), evoked a significant response in Wales, led by the South Wales Miners’ Federation and the Communist Party.

The 174 Welshmen who volunteered to fight in Spain represented the largest regional industrial grouping within the British Battalion of the International Brigades; only one Welshman fought for Franco’s forces...

...The Welsh-language writers who supported the Republican cause did so through the magazine Heddiw which was established in response to the Francoist sympathies of Saunders Lewis.

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