Charlie Van Gelderen in Italy

We interrupt our usual coverage to bring you some fascinating materials from the 1940s and the activities of Trotskyists in the armed forces…

First up this letter indicates the seriousness with which the intelligence services treated the possibility of Trotskyist agitation in the British army as it is suggested that none other than Kim Philby might want to consider keeping tabs on Charlie Van Gelderen, then serving in Italy…


The note on British – Italian Trotskyist relations referred to above is here.


Located and transcribed by Ted Crawford it runs for 14 pages.

Also, thanks to Keith S, we have a four page letter from Charlie in Italy to John and Janet Goffe dated October 1943. This is the original. And this is a transcript.


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