This Silvered lapel Pin is the second of a number of items from one collection relating to volunteers who went to Spain to join The International Brigade.
Approximately 20mm in diameter the pin depicts the Spanish mainland surmounting a star and globe with Voluntarios Internacionales De La Libertad with a date band 1936 – 1939, the reverse with the makers details, Arts & Insignes Paris
A very rare badge in very good condition.
In April 1931 the new Republican Government in Spain began implementing social reforms. They were strongly opposed by the landowners, Catholic Church and traditional elements within the army.
In the 1933 elections Spain swung to the right and the new government reversed many of the changes. Parties of the left united in the Popular Front and won the 1936 elections. After violent street battles between left and right in 1936, Nationalist army officers led by General Franco staged a coup to overthrow the Republican Government. They were aided by fascist Italy and Nazi Germany which supplied money, weapons, and troops. Britain refused to intervene.
Some 30,000 foreign volunteers, including many from Britain and France, went to fight in the International Brigades for the Republic.