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C ‘Popular Militias on the Aragon Front’, Crònica diària, 24 July 1936

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This appendix of the book deals with popular militias on the Aragon Front. To fight the military insurrection, the Catalan trade union and political organisations improvised a voluntary army that very quickly came to be called the 'popular militias'. In summer 1936, they formed the Aragon front. The nature of these militias differed radically from the organisation and structure associated with a conventional army. Commander Pérez Farràs and the CNT leader Buenaventura Durruti directed the preparations from one of the trucks distributing supplies to the militias. A military band from the Thirteenth Regiment helped raise the enthusiasm of the expedition's members. The urban militias are formed by members of the CNT, FAI, UGT, POUM, Communist Party, Catalan State Party (Estat Català), Socialist Party, Esquerra, soldiers, and Assault Guards.

Keywords: Aragon front; Catalan state party; Catalan trade union; military insurrection; popular militias



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