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Independence War decoration patches


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During the Independence war The Spanish Juntas rewarded troops for courageous acts of war and also for battle victories with embroidered patches which were sewn to the left sleeve. This was a tradition born in the second half of the XVIII century.

We have added to our collection some patches but we plan to add almost all of them.

We have started with three from Asturias. One of them is very peculiar, "Peñaflor".

It was awarded by local militiamen who opposed to Marshal Ney's troops as they were advancing into Spain in 1810. The militia was easily disbanded by the fire of the french, but the Junta wanted to recognize and reward their courage and set it as an example to others.


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