The International Brigades (Spanish: Brigadas Internacionales) were military units set up by the Communist International to assist the Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War. The organization existed for two years, from 1936 until 1938. It is estimated that during the entire war, between 40,000 and 59,000 members served in the International Brigades, including 15,000 who died in combat. They participated in the battles of Madrid, Jarama, Guadalajara, Brunete, Belchite, Teruel, Aragon and the Ebro.
The International Brigades was strongly supported by the Comintern and represented the Soviet Union's commitment to assisting the Spa… Read more
¡No pasarán! means 'they shall not pass' - the slogan comes from the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, and was used by the anti-fascists fighting against Francisco Franco and the Falangists as a rallying cry in defense of Madrid. The phrase is used to express determination to defend a position against an enemy.