Update 16

Small update but an important update in the world of anti-fascist archiving؟

Firstly, the Red Action Archives are now online. An enormously interesting and important website. Check it out and trawl through it!

Secondly, a huge thanks, again, to SM who has provided a large number of academic articles on fascism and anti-fascism. The subjects include: National Socialist Black Metal, fascism and anti-fascism in the USA, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Huddersfield; the politics of punks and unionism in the United States.

Next on the list is a Workers’ Fight pamphlet published in 1972: Racialism and the Working Class.

I have also uploaded three Red Action Bulletins.

Lastly, I have also written a review of the AFA Ireland pamphletUndertones.

I can give you some lovely statistics though! Firstly, having hit 50,000 views, I have a monthly breakdown of views and, next, a map of countries which have viewed the Archive.





Undertones: Anti-Fascism and the Far-Right in Ireland 1945-2012

Anti-Fascist Action Ireland, related to AFA which existed in Britain, celebrated its 21st Birthday last weekend with a number of events including the launch of its pamphlet Undertones: Anti-Fascism and the Far-Right in Ireland 1945-2012.

The 100 page pamphlet has been well produced, the cover, design and colour images are excellent. Brunch Crew in Berlin help with the publishing by hosting a benefit gig in February 2012. O’Reilly, AFA Ireland and everyone who helped in the production should be proud.

The pamphlet is split into two sections: firstly, a chronological history of fascism in Ireland from 1945 to the late 90s and the second section details the origins and history of AFA Ireland through stories of events and actions. Another good aspect to the book is that O’Reilly has fully referenced all his research and claims.

This first section gives a fantastically detailed and researched history, with names, dates and addresses; yet it is easy to read and follow the chronology of the faces and groups on the far-right in Ireland. It begins with  Ailtiri na hAiseirghe in the 1940s and flows through to the National Socialist Irish Workers Party in the 1970s and the Irish fascist links to groups in the North of Ireland in the 90s.

It is in this section that O’Reilly argues that it was an IRA unit who burnt down Oswald Mosley‘s County Galway mansion in an unsanctioned operation; in previous literature it has been described as an accident (p. 7).

Its not solely Irish fascists who are detailed but also their international connections to British fascists, Mosley; American, George Lincoln Rockwell; German, Otto Strasser; plus more. After reading the section Ireland is painted as Europe’s “Argentina”.

The second section begins with the origins of AFA Ireland and ends with their most recent activity. It describes the politicisation of the young punks who would later become the founding members through Nazi stickering and a strike a the Dunnes Stores, Dublin.

The section then progresses through 25 stories of activity against the likes of David Irving, Le Pen, Immigration Control Platform, Czech neo-Nazis and anti-drugs activity.

I highly recommend buying the book. A steal at €6! Visit the AFA Ireland site and send them an email.

Here is a picture of the plaque AFA Ireland unveiled on Connolly Books, Dublin as part of its birthday celebration:

A mural to local man Bob Doyle, IRA volunteer and International Brigader, was unveiled outside The Cobblestone in Smithfield, Dublin as part of the event too.

A fantastic photo of Doyle:

Update 14

Huge update this week thanks, again, to J. 

  • There is a new picture of French  militant anti-fascists.
  • Reposting of an article from Non Stop Apartheid Picket  about AFA’s defence of the picket
  • Lots of new stickers from Red Action, the IWCA, AFA, Connelly Society, TAL, the SWP and Workers Power! – Thanks J
  • Lots of new fascist stickers from the NF, Third Position, Independent Ulster Movement and the Patriotic Vegan and Vegetarian Society! – Thanks J
  • Couple of new newspaper articles on fascist activity in Scotland from 1991 and an article from 1994 on a Nazi gig being stopped (Articles with “<<” after it). – thanks to J
  • A load of local bulletins from Notts, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Tyne and Wear. – Thanks to J
  • A new post containing various Red Action publications.
  • 11-15 new leaflets on the Freedom of Movement, race attacks and the jailing of three anti-fascists.


I have created some geographical posts:

  1. Birmingham Anti-Fascists – contains their leaflets and a document on why they resigned from AFA, plus more
  2. Edinburgh Anti-Fascist Action – leaflets and a document on their activity, plus more
  3. Glasgow Anti-Fascist Action – leaflets on who they are and why they do it, plus more
  4. Leeds Anti-Fascists – interesting memo on World in Action claims on infiltrating Leeds AFA, plus more
  5. Leicester Anti-Fascists – document on an AFA conference
  6. Brighton Anti-Fascist Action – three interesting and heated letters between AFA and Searchlight.


Update 13

Another update. New pictures, new videos and new literature.

I am hoping to pick up the Red Attitude collection tomorrow, so the next update will be uploading the rest of the fanzines.

In this update you can find:

Weekly Update 12

Firstly I’d like to say a massive thank you to the person who donated £10 to the Archive.

A number of New Essays have been added, these include:

  • Blackshirts in Scotland
  • “Class before Race” British Communism and Race Relations post-war
  • Black Youth Rebellion in Modern Britain
  • British Communist Party and the Limits of the State in Tackling Racism
  • CPGB, Rock Against Racism and Youth Culture
  • CP and Race Relations in late 1960s
  • CPGB and Youth Culture 1976-1991

Last update saw a lot of material on the 1997 International Conference AFA held. A Fighting Talk Special which was published prior to this conference has been added.

A second part to the scrapbook has been uploaded. This contains more newspaper articles on fascism and its enemies.

From the Scrapbook Part Two I have added new fash stickers (15-19).

I have made an edit to my thesis on the request of an interviewee. This can be found on page 33.



The Archivist.

If you use the materials on this site or want to see it secure for the future, please donate £3.

Weekly Update 11

More additions have been made to the Archive, again thanks to SM.

  1. A large number of leaflets have been added to the new ‘leaflets’ post. See below for a list:
  • Nothing to Lose but your Lollipops (AFA, 1994)
  • Pat Crerend He’s Yer Man! (Red Attitude suppliment, ?)
  • Red Action Manchester Bulletin #9 (Red Action, 1994)
  • The Independent Working Class Association (IWCA, 1995?)
  • Tories in Flight Jackets (AFA, 1995-1997?)
  • Whats the Best Way to beat the Fascists? The Working Class, Anti-Fascism and the SWP. (Red Action, 1991-1992?)
  1. Large amounts of material regarding AFA’s 1997 international militant anti-fascist conference.
  2. I have taken a decision to add methods for the Archive to support its self financially. Every year the archive must be paid for, new material costs money and improvements cost money. I’d like the archive to be financially independent so that its future is secure. I’m recommending a £3 donation for people who use the site for research purposes or, simply, because they want to help. This is why the Sabcat adverts  and the donation buttons have appeared.
  3. To recognise the invaluable effort of individuals who provide material to this archive I have begun a ‘contribution score’ on the left sidebar.
  4. A new picture of a Blaggers ITA t-shirt has been added to the anti-fascist merchandise page.
  5. A picture used in Beating the Fascists has caused a bit of a storm!


In order to make the Anti-Fascist Archive financially independent and to continue making improvements I am creating an option to give a donation.

The website needs to have its address and the data space paid for each year, I’d like to buy a better theme and I’m having to buy material for the Archive. The Archive has cost around £150 up to now.

A £3 donation is recommended for people who are using the material for academic purposes or just for anyone who’d like to help!

The Sabcat adverts are also part of creating finance for Archive.

If you use the materials on this site or want to see it secure for the future, please donate £3.

The Archivist

Update 10

This update is largely thanks to SM who has been providing material for the archive since is beginning in February. Cheers!

Academic Works and Articles

This will be a list of academic studies which will be of interest to those wanting to study militant anti-fascism.

If you have written an essay which is of good quality or contains original research please email: antifascistarchive@gmail.com.

Essays not written by academics

On the Principles of Political Violence and the Case of Anti-Fascist Action (The Archivist, 2012)

“Taking It Back, Making It Strong!”: The Boundary Establishment And Maintenance Practices Of A Montréal Anti-Racist Skinhead Gang

The National Front and British National Party on Merseyside. A Geography of Political Extremism

Blackshirts in Red Scotland: an analysis of fascism and its opponents in inter-war Scotland

Articles on Anti-Fascism

Communists and the Inter-War Anti-Fascist Struggle in the United States and Britain (Copsey, 2011)

Anti-Fascist Activity in Manchester’s Jewish Community (Gewirtz)

1946 – 1959

“Class Before Race”: British Communism and the Place of Empire in Postwar Race Relations (Smith, 2008)

1960 – 1979

Conflicting Narratives of Black Youth Rebellion in Modern Britain (Smith)

A Bulwark Diminished: The Communist Party, the SWP and anti-fascism in the 1970s. (Smith)

Bridging the Gap: The British Communist Party and the limits of the state in tackling racism (Smith)

Are the Kids United? The Communist Party of Great Britain, Rock Against Racism and the Politics of Youth Culture (Smith)

1968 – Too Little and Too Late? The Communist Party and Race Relations in the Late 1960s (Smith, 2008)

When the Party Comes Down: The CPGB and Youth Culture, 1976-1991 (Smith)

Witness Seminar: Anti-Fascism in 1970s Huddersfield (2006)

1980 – date

Anti-Fascist Action: Radical Resistance or Rent-a-Mob? (Hayes and Alyward, 2000)

Marching Altogether? Football fans taking a stand against racism (Thomas, 2010)

When the Whites When Marching In: Racism and Resistance in English Football (Greenfield and Osborn, 1996)

Glasgow Celtic Fans, Political Culture and the Tiocfaidh Ar La Fanzine: Some Comments and a Content Analysis (Hayes, 2006)

The Limits of National Memory: Anti-Fascism, The Holocaust and the Fosse Ardeatine Memorial in 1990s Italy (Clifford, 2008)

Neo-Nazism, Holocaust Denial and UK Law (Cohn-Sherbok, 2010)

Choosing Social Justice over Hate Two Stories of Community Success in the Pacific Northwest (Stewart, 2010)

The Politics and Culture of FC St. Pauli: from leftism, through antiestablishment, to commercialization (Petra Daniel & Christos Kassimeris, 2013)

‘The birthplace of Italian communism’: political identity and action amongst livorno fans (Doidge, 2013)

Contesting the ‘authentic’ community: Far-right spatial strategy and everyday responses in an era of crisis (Ince, 2011)

Articles on Fascism

The Swastika and the Shamrock: British Fascism and the Irish Question, 1918-1940 (Douglas, 1997)

Opposition to the New Party: an incipient anti-fascism or a defence against ‘Mosleyitis’? (Copsey, 2009)

“Apostles of Fascism,” “Communist Clergy,” and the UAW: Political Ideology and Working-Class Religion in Detroit, 1919–1945 (Pehl, 2012)


Ulster Unionists in America, 1972-1985 (Wilson, 2007)

Shot By Both Sides: Punk, Politics and the End of ‘Consensus’ (Worley, 2012)

1980 – date

Patterns of Racism: Interviews with National Front Members (Billig, 1978)

Extreme music for extreme people? Norwegian black metal and transcendent violence (Phillipov, 2011)

Voice of our blood: National Socialist discourses in black metal (Olson, 2011)

Continental Divide: Immigration and the New European Right (Rosenthal, 2011) 

Visions of Hate: Explaining Neo-Nazi Violence in the Russian Federation (Arnold, 2010)

Anti-Zionism and the Italian Extreme Right (Chiarini, 2008)

Right-Extremism in Germany: Recruitment of New Members (Braunthal, 2008)

At the Roots of the New Right-Wing Extremism in Portugal: The National Action Movement, 1985-1991 (Marchi, 2010)

Australian Fascism? A Revisionist Analysis of the Ideology of the New Guard (Cunningham, 2012)

Colin Jordan’s ‘Merrie England’ and ‘Universal Nazism’ (Jackson, 2011)

The EDL: Britain’s New Far Right Social Movement (Jackson, 2011)

Negotiating White Power Activist Stigma (Simi, 2009)

The Nationalist Party of America: Right-Wing Activism and Billy Roper’s White Revolution (Dentice, 2011)

Computer-Mediated False Consensus: Radical Online Groups, Social Networks and News Media (Wojcieszak, 2011)