RIP Mr. Watters. I've been doing a bit of research on the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War and found it interesting to note that Ireland raised two contingents, one pro-republican and another pro-fascist:
[QUOTE=Connaught Ranger;6055000]May he + Rest In Peace +
The Irish with Eoin O'Duffy's "Blue Shirts," complete swastika flag sailed from Ireland after getting a blessing from the Arch-Bishop of Dublin.
I've heard O'Duffy's Irish Blueshirts didn't exactly distinguish themselves on the field, but I guess they deserve some credit for showing up. I get the impression that they were motivated to go to Spain to resist the Republic because of its anti-clerical excesses, rather than out of support for fascism. O'Duffy opposed the anti-Semitism of the European far right, although his Blueshirts were obviously influenced by some of these groups; for example, they adopted the fascist stiff-arm salute. De Valera, fearing a putsch, later had them suppressed.
In any case, may Mr. Watters rest in peace.