spanish civil war

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The Spanish Civil War

  • The Spanish Civil War

    While New Zealand had no official involvement in the Spanish Civil War of the late 1930s, a small number of New Zealanders fought in Spain (six were killed there), or served as doctors and nurses. Many others supported the Republican war effort through fundraising efforts back home.

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  • Page 2 – Background

    The Spanish Civil War was primarily a fight between the nationalist Fascists and the democratic Republicans. 

  • Page 3 – Attitudes in New Zealand

    The deaths of at least six New Zealanders in Spain went largely unnoticed at home. But some groups within New Zealand saw Spain as more than a ‘far away side issue

  • Page 4 – NZ combatants in Spain

    Short biographies of New Zealanders who fought in the Spanish Civil War

  • Page 5 – NZ medical support

    Several NZ nurses and least one doctor provided medical assistance in the Spanish Civil War

  • Page 6 – New Zealanders in the Spanish Civil War

    List of all New Zealanders who served in the Spanish Civil War between 1936-39

  • Page 7 – Further information

    This web feature was written to coincide with the publication of Kiwi Compañeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War, edited by Mark Derby and published by Canterbury


  • Cox, Geoffrey Sanford

    Just how did a boy born in Palmerston North come to witness at first hand the impact of Stalinism, the rise of Hitler and the Spanish Civil War?

  • Maclaurin, Griffith Campbell

    New Zealander Griff Maclaurin was one of the first international volunteers to be killed in the Spanish Civil War.

  • Shadbolt, Rene Mary

    René Shadbolt led the only New Zealand contingent to the Spanish Civil War. She and fellow nurse, Isobel Dodds, cared for wounded soldiers, particularly those from the International Brigades, from July 1937 to November 1938.

  • Jolly, Douglas Waddell

    Dr Doug Jolly pioneered mobile emergency surgery during the Spanish Civil War. He is described by US medical historian David Adamas as ‘one of the most notable war surgeons of the 20th century’.