In 1967, the Igbo people of Biafra seceded from Nigeria, beginning a protracted and savage war. British and Soviet arms poured into Nigerian Army arsenals, leaving the dramatically unequipped Biafrans blockaded, and facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in human history, until ultimately collapsing as an independent state in 1970.
Despite tacit international support for the ethnic cleansing of the Igbo throughout the war, a number of European mercenaries volunteered to fight on the side of the Biafrans. Having little more than guts, determination, and World War II era weaponry, they did things Welsh volunteer and Biafran Army Major Hugh "Taffy" Williams claimed would have "won a Victoria Cross in another context".
One such volunteer was German born Rolf Steiner, who joined the French Foreign Legion at the age of 17. His career as a soldier, and adventurer took him to wars in Vietnam, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and Sudan. Unlike most men deemed "mercenaries" in the era, he maintained the utmost professionalism in his duties. He often focused on building infrastructure in local communities, and nation building, rather than your typical "spray and pray" mercenary type.
In Biafra, he led the 4th Biafran Commando Brigade on numerous daring missions throughout the Nigerian Civil War, and fought until the bitter end, continuing to serve without pay while most of the other Europeans had left the country. This patch is a tribute to the brave Igbo people of Biafra that the world forget, but warriors like Rolf Steiner didn't.
Produced in the standard 2x3" size with hook velcro backing, identical in specification to milspec flag patches.
Patch features the insignia of Rolf Steiner's 4th Biafran Commando Brigade superimposed over the Biafran sun. All prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD). We ship internationally!