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Joe Kahn was born on the 24th February 1916 in
Impressed by its anti-fascism, Joe joined the Communist Party, then at the centre of the battles with Sir Oswald Mosley's British
Joe joined the International Brigade in December 1936 and, following a brief period of training, rendered virtually useless by the desperate shortages of arms and ammunition, he went into battle on 12 February 1937 at the Jarama valley, just to the south of Madrid. The inexperienced volunteers were pitched against Franco's elite Army of
On his return from
During the Second World War broke out, he was a fireman in
Joe died on the 17th July 2010, aged 94.
Source: The Guardian 5th August 2010