Reading about how a number of these have formed, and headed for Ukraine.
Yet another parallel with the Thirties!
I do hope they do not get the same mauling as befell those who went to fight Franco's fascists
Started: 1st Mar 2022 at 22:13
I think you will find that today, many of those who would go, know about military training, discipline and weapons and not be idealists like the author George Orwell and others were in the thirties.
Some, ex members of the British and other Armies.
They are now called Mercenaries!
Replied: 2nd Mar 2022 at 08:37
Last edited by Owd Codger: 2nd Mar 2022 at 08:44:13
They have always been called mercenaries, I read Putin has sent his mercenary Wagner Group to assassinate Zelensky.
Replied: 2nd Mar 2022 at 13:03
There have been mercenaries as far back as military history stretches.
However, I suspect the men identifying themselves as an International Brigade, and setting off to fight for Ukraine would be quite offended to hear themselves classed as mercenaries.
One, who spoke on TV is part of Ukrainian diaspora, with former service in Ukrainian armed services.
Replied: 3rd Mar 2022 at 14:14
Ena: I think it ironic that the International Brigades in Spain were communists assisted by Russia!
Maybe Tonks will join.
Replied: 4th Mar 2022 at 18:05
The extreme left, and the extreme right: people who set off in opposite directions, and yet end up at the same place!
Replied: 4th Mar 2022 at 18:37
Certainly in our Parliament!
Replied: 4th Mar 2022 at 19:05
More left wing extremists now in our Parliament than right!
Replied: 5th Mar 2022 at 07:48