michael sam wild Posted February 17, 2011 Share Posted February 17, 2011 (edited) The Spanish Civil War began 75 years ago in 1936. After the battle of Jarama in February 1937 there was a memorial service to the IVth International Brigaders ( Quinte Brigada) who died, outside Madrid . In a recent book by James Whetter is a reference to a letter Harry Pollitt wrote of marching to the tune of a concertina and singing The Internationale. My dad , Sam, was in the battle as a machine gunner and survived to become a commander of the British battaliuon and he used to talk of various instruments in the International Brigade. He carried an old Hohner harmonica through to coming home after the Ebro battle . I still have it and he taught me the basics of the diatonic mouthorgan on it. He also played an old German 20 button anglo which had been his mother's (she came from Mayo) but didn't have it in Spain . I remember him as a kid singing the song Jarama Valley to the tune of the Red River Valley (itself an old hymn tune) whilst playing along on it. ( on concertina not mouthorgan obviously!) Edited April 16, 2011 by michael sam wild Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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