CUBAN REVOLTIONARY FLAG "LIBERTAD O MUERTE": 26TH JULY MOVEMENT FLAG SIGNED BY FIDEL CASTRO, WITH A REVOLUTIONARY ARMBAND, THE FLAG DATED 18 APRIL 1958 Flag: 12 x 18in (30 x 46cm); armband: 6 x 5in (15 x 13cm)

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CUBAN REVOLTIONARY FLAG "LIBERTAD O MUERTE": 26TH JULY MOVEMENT FLAG SIGNED BY FIDEL CASTRO, WITH A REVOLUTIONARY ARMBAND, THE FLAG DATED 18 APRIL 1958
Flag: 12 x 18in (30 x 46cm); armband: 6 x 5in (15 x 13cm)

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CUBAN REVOLTIONARY FLAG "LIBERTAD O MUERTE": 26TH JULY MOVEMENT FLAG SIGNED BY FIDEL CASTRO, WITH A REVOLUTIONARY ARMBAND, THE FLAG DATED 18 APRIL 1958
The flag of the Cuban Revolutionaries, the "26th July Movement," in red and black cloth with white star and text reading "Libertad O Muerte. M.26.7," signed and inscribed by Fidel Castro and dedicated to "Masseti" with inscription translating to "As a souvenir of your interview and your support to the people of Cuba" with the date given as April 18, 1958; Together with an Armband in green cotton with white text reading "M.R.26 Julio," probably worn by Masseti, in operations in Cuba.

This remarkable flag was inscribed and dedicated to Jorge Masetti, an Argentine journalist and fellow guerrilla who would interview Fidel Castro and Che Guevara several times during their struggles to oust the Batista regime. The 1959 victory of Castro's 26th July Movement saw Masetti stay on in Cuba as head of the Prensa Latina news service, later taking part in the Algerian War of Independence before disappearing in an abortive attempt to establish a guerrilla movement in Argentina in 1964. The Cuban Revolution started in July 1953, but it was not until the Revolutionary force was large enough to plan and fight a pincer movement campaign to capture Havana that Castro was able to force out the government and came to power. This is very rare flag from those early revolutionary days. It shows how Castro understood the power of media and reflects the proficiency with which he would use the media as a means of boosting the profile of his small rebel group at a time when he was but one of several guerrilla leaders opposing the Cuban government. An extraordinary survival of a flag, the gift of one revolutionary to another.
Flag: 12 x 18in (30 x 46cm); armband: 6 x 5in (15 x 13cm)
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