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The Durruti Column, also known as The Friends of Durruti, was the most famous column of anarchist fighters during the Spanish Civil War. It was "led" by Buenaventura Durruti from mid-1936 until his death on November 20 of that year. The column was instrumental in holding Madrid for the Republic in the face of the fascist uprising. It was eventually, like the rest of the anarchist and socialist units, incorporated into the general army of the Republic. Anarchism is a generic term describing various political philosophies and social movements that advocate the elimination of hierarchy and imposed authority. ... Combatants Spanish Republic CNT-FAI UGT POUM Soviet Union International Brigades Spanish State Falangists Carlists Fascist Italy Nazi Germany Commanders Manuel Azaña Francisco Largo Caballero Juan Negrín Francisco Franco Casualties Civilians killed/wounded = hundreds of thousands The Spanish Civil War, which lasted from July 17, 1936 to April... Buenaventura Durruti (July 14, 1896 in León—November 20, 1936, Madrid) was a central figure of Spanish anarchism during the period leading up to and during the Spanish Civil War. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Cultural references

The Durutti Column is also the name of a British rock band (intentionally spelled incorrectly). The Durutti Column is the ongoing band project of guitarist (and occasional pianist) Vini Reilly (born in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, August 1953), often accompanied by drummer Bruce Mitchell. ...

Related pages

  • Anti-fascism
  • Militant anti-fascism

Anti-fascism is the opposition to fascist ideology, organization, or government, on all levels. ... Militant anti-fascism is a form of anti-fascism that advocates the use of violence against fascism, opposes depending on the state to combat fascism, and often has an orientation to working class politics. ...

External links

  • Obituary of Joaquín Pérez Navarro


  • Abel Paz. Durruti: The People Armed. Black Rose Books ISBN 0 919618 74X

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Durruti (1356 words)
It is necessary that the militants, the revolutionaries of the workers' organisations, who have suffered the cruel experience of military defeat and refugee humiliation, give serious and concentrated attention to the lessons of the Spanish war and revolution, for which they have paid so dearly with their blood, the blood of their best comrades.
There are many aspects of the situation and it would be necessary to study them in detail, but what must not be forgotten is that the workers' movement must be reconstructed on a new basis, on a new morale, and with the banishment of the leaders responsible for the disaster.
At the beginning of this emigration from our country, which began after 30 months of fighting, the "Friends Of Durruti" continue to defend the interests of the proletariat with the same energy and honesty as during the course of the Spanish revolution.
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