Imperial Fascist League


Imperial Fascist League

The Imperial Fascist League (IFL) was a British fascist political movement founded by Arnold Leese in 1929.

The IFL was a small group with never more than a few hundred members, including its "Fascist Legions" who wore black shirts (modelled on the Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale in Benito Mussolini's Italy) and were organised for street battles. Initially using the fasces as its symbol, the movement became more admiring of Nazism and Adolf Hitler and, after he came to power in Germany, adopted the swastika superimposed on the Union Flag as its new emblem.

Like their contemporaries in the British Fascists the IFL sought a version of Fascism that would be tailored to British peculiarities. Amongst their ideas was an adaptation of Corporatism, as the call for Parliament to be converted into a lower house drawn from the occupations and an upper chamber to consist of the great and the good on an appointed basis. Anti-Semitism was the central theme of the IFL and the party had contacts with the notorious Nazi Julius Streicher before the War. The extremism of the League was legendary. Leese accused Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists (BUF) of being under the control of the Jews ("the British Jewnion of Fascists" was a favourite retort).

The arrival of the BUF saw a significant slump in IFL membership, as Mosley was much more highly regarded than the relatively unknown Leese. The two groups were in harsh competition, and more than once there were battles between their supporters. Eventually, the BUF proved too strong a check to IFL ambitions and by the time war broke out they had largely disappeared. After 1940 Leese was interned under Defence Regulation 18b and although he continued to be politically active after the war the IFL was not reformed.

ee also

*List of British fascist parties

External links

* [http://www.heretical.org.uk/British/fascist.html"The Fascist"] contains excerpts from a 1934 issue of "The Fascist", published by the Imperial Fascist League


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Imperial Fascist League — …   Википедия

  • Fascist (epithet) — The word fascist is sometimes used to denigrate people, institutions, or groups that would not describe themselves as ideologically fascist, and that may not fall within the formal definition of the word. The Fascist party that developed in Italy …   Wikipedia

  • League of Empire Loyalists — The League of Empire Loyalists was a pressure group (also called a ginger group in Britain and the British Commonwealth), established in 1954, campaigning against the dissolution of the British Empire in the 1950s and 1960s.It was a small group… …   Wikipedia

  • National Socialist League — Part of a series on Nazism …   Wikipedia

  • National Fascist Community — The National Fascist Community (Czech: Národní obec fašistická, NOF, sometimes translated as National Fascist League) was a Czechoslovakian Fascist movement led by Radola Gajda, and based on the Fascism of Benito Mussolini.[1] Contents 1… …   Wikipedia

  • National Fascist Movement — The National Fascist Movement (Romanian: Mişcarea Naţională Fascistă, MNF) was a Romanian political movement formed in 1923 by the merger of the National Romanian Fascia and the National Italo Romanian Cultural and Economic Movement. With its… …   Wikipedia

  • National Fascist Party — Partito Nazionale Fascista Historic Leader Benito Mussolini …   Wikipedia

  • Nordic League — This article is about the former political organisation based in the United Kingdom. For the professional golf tour based in Scandinavia, see Nordic League (golf). The Nordic League was a far right organisation in the United Kingdom from 1935 to… …   Wikipedia

  • English Defence League — (EDL) Abbreviation EDL Motto In hoc signo vinces Formation 27 June 2 …   Wikipedia

  • List of British fascist parties — Although Fascism in the United Kingdom never reached the heights of many of its European counterparts, British politics after the First World War saw the emergence of a number of fascist movements, none of which ever came to power.Pre WarA number …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.