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Laureate Plate of Madrid
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Awarded by Second Spanish Republic
Type Medal
Eligibility Military personnel
Status Awarded 1937-1939
Established 25 May 1937

The Laureate Plate of Madrid (Spanish language: Placa Laureada de Madrid ) was the highest military award for gallantry of the Second Spanish Republic. It was awarded in recognition of action, either individual or collective, to protect the nation and its citizens in the face of immediate risk to the bearer or bearers' life. Those eligible were members of the Spanish Republican Armed Forces and testimonies of reliable witnesses were checked prior to concession.[1]

Named after the city of Madrid, the Laureate Plate of Madrid was established on 25 May 1937 as the Spanish Republican equivalent to the Royal Military Order of Saint Ferdinand awarded by the monarchy and the Francoists.[2]

Awardees[edit | edit source]

A total of 8 people were awarded this medal:

Distintivo de Madrid[edit | edit source]

Distintivo de Madrid pennant awarded to the vessels that took part in the Battle of Cape Palos

The Distintivo de Madrid (Madrid Distinction) was an award related to the Laureate Plate which was established by the Second Spanish Republic in order to reward courage.[10]

Following the grant of the Laureate Plate of Madrid to Luis González de Ubieta, Admiral of the loyalist fleet, the Distintivo de Madrid was awarded to Spanish Republican Navy cruisers Libertad and Méndez Núñez, and destroyers Lepanto, Almirante Antequera and Sánchez Barcáiztegui, as well as to their crew members for their role in the Battle of Cape Palos. These ships would thenceforward fly a special pennant and the men would wear a special badge on their uniforms with the old coat of arms of Madrid.[11]

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