Poster to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the International Brigades
Poster created in 2011 by Martin Bedford (www.martinfbedford.com) for the International Brigade Memorial Trust to mark the 75th anniversary of the formation of the International Brigades in 1936; 297mm x 420mm. The three-pointed star of the International Brigades is said to represent what was seen then as the three races of humanity: African, Asian and European. '¡No pasarán!' (they shall not pass) was the slogan of the defenders of Madrid and anti-fascist resistance during the Spanish Civil War. It remains to this day a rallying call for those fighting fascism.
The Spanish Civil War
Over 35,000 men and women from around the world served in the International Brigades. About 2,500 of them were from Britain and Ireland. They served mostly in the British Battalion, but some in the medical services and in other military units; 526 of them gave their lives.
Though General Franco ultimately triumphed – thanks to support from Hitler and Mussolini and Britain’s policy of appeasement towards fascism – the volunteers who went to Spain continue to inspire the world by their example of solidarity, courage and sacrifice.
International Brigade Memorial Trust
The International Brigade Memorial Trust keeps alive the memory and spirit of the men and women who fought fascism and defended democracy in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. We also honour all those at home who supported the Brigades and who helped the cause of the Spanish Republic.
Find out more about the International Brigades and the work of the IBMT on our website, where you can also become a member and support the Trust in other ways: www.international-brigades.org.uk
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