The International Brigade Memorial Trust keeps alive the spirit and memory of the 2,500 volunteers from the British Isles who fought in the legendary International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39.
More than 500 of the volunteers gave their lives, warning that a world war was inevitable unless fascism was stopped in Spain. Britain meanwhile imposed sanctions on the elected government of the Spanish Republic, as fascist dictators Hitler and Mussolini poured troops and arms into Spain to help their friend General Franco.
We believe the exceptional example of anti-fascism and international solidarity shown by the International Brigades can inspire new generations in the struggle for democracy and social justice.
The IBMT also remembers all those who supported the volunteers and the cause of the Spanish Republic at home. The Aid Spain movement mobilised ten of thousands of people on the side of the anti-fascist fight in Spain.