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Irish Brigade, fought on the Nationalist side of Francisco Franco
during the Spanish Civil War. The unit was formed wholly of Roman
Catholics by the politician Eoin O'Duffy, who had previously
organised the banned quasi-fascist Blueshirts and openly fascist
Greenshirts in Ireland. Despite the declaration by the Irish
government that participation in the war was unwelcome and
ill-advised, 700 of O'Duffy's followers went to Spain. They saw
their primary role in Spain as fighting for the Roman Catholic
Church, some of whose priests and nuns had been attacked (see Red
Terror (Spain)). They also saw many religious and historical
parallels in the two nations, and hoped to prevent communism
gaining ground in Spain.
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