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Oct 1936, when the 1st Brigade was set up as an international military unit fighting on the side of the Spanish Republic during the revolutionary war of 1936-1939. In total, there were 7 Brigades, the last having been created in 1937. The units were made up of communists, socialists and other antifascists from 54 countries. Ceased to exist when all Brigades were withdrawn on 15 Nov 1938, although veterans of the Brigades still meet for reunions as of 1996.
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