15-16 Julio Mac-Pap training continues to intensify

July 15-16

Robert Merriman’s diary for the 15th and 16th of July, 1937

Co 2

Company 2 composition in Training at Tarazona on July 15, 1937, RGASPI Fond 545/Opis 2/Delo 265, p2

Co 2 (continued)

Company 2 (continued), RGASPI Fond 545/Opis 2/Delo 265, page 3.

For nearly the complete next month, Merriman will be leading the training in Tarazona of the Mac-Paps.   Many of these posts are technical describing the maneuvers of the day and whether they are successful or not.  The reader can follow this technical training and we will continue to focus on calling out the names of Brigadistas as they arise in the diary.   The RGASPI Archives in Moscow have been opened to public viewing since last year and while the material is still under copyright, we are using it here for research purposes and it is extremely helpful placing names.  For example, on July 15, this was the composition of training company #2 is shown in the side panels.  Some very well known Lincolns were in this group of men:  the writers Edwin Rolfe and Art Landis and the photographer Harry Randall.

Co 2 (cont)

Co 2 continued

On the 15th of July, the exercise involved scouting and Jack Mullinger was the Mac-Pap chief of scouts.  The maneuver was not particularly successful and Merriman says that William Harris Cantor fell out and was assigned to the kitchen, probably for KP duty.  Merriman was non-plussed by the maneuvers but Bob Thompson was less forgiving.   The story on 15-16 July was very similar to the story on the 5th of July.

Overnight, Merriman checked up on the troops and found no guards and Mullinger sleeping on the job.  Merriman rousted out the men and got them on the march before daybreak.  More embarrassing was the injury of Rubin (Ruby) Kaufman who shot himself in the foot while cleaning his gun.

Merriman runs out of room on the page and starts abbreviating names.   It is clear that Lucien Vidal came out from Albacete to review that battalion and had to hunt them down in the field.  In a fold of the page in the diary, it appears that Ed Bender also came out from Headquarters.   Ron Liversedge who stepped back as commander of the Mac-Paps apparently was selected by Ernie Amatniek and he moves from adjutant in Company 3 to Company 2.

Merriman again mentions Fein.  This is Arnold Fein who is the head of the Cadres bureau in Albacete.  Perhaps he represented Vidal who did not return to Tarazona.   Merriman gets a mistaken message to go to Albacete to see Vidal but instead has a drink in town.