This chapter focuses on the volunteers of the war in Spain. Among those who left on one of those early expeditions of requetés from Orense was the young Eduardo Barreiros, a volunteer aged nearly seventeen. Eduardo himself recalled the expedition from Corunna to join the Requites. The fighting had been fierce in the Sierra de Guadarrama since July 20, 1936, for a well-trained Republican militia had arrived at this front, led by Communist commanders such as Manuel Tagüeña and Juan Modesto, who would become important later, with some units of the well-trained Communist so-called fifth regiment. These also included some regular officers loyal to the Republic. The two villains of the night of Calvo Sotelo's murder, Condés and Cuenca, met their richly deserved ends in the fighting.
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