International Brigade Lapel Badge

International Brigade Lapel Badge

Code: 55382


This Lapel Badge is the fifth of a number of items from one collection relating to volunteers from Britain who went to Spain to join The International Brigade.

Approximately 15mm in diameter the pin depicts a red enamelled three pointed star on a silvered pin. The reverse is unmarked

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.

International Brigades

Some 30,000 foreign volunteers, including many from Britain, went to fight in the International Brigades for the Republic.