A jacket recently appeared on eBay with a maker's label denoting it as "Coats, Duffle ARP 65". It was of a jacket I had not previously seen before. I am indebted to Jon Mills for sharing the below images of the said jacket being worn by members of the Civil Defence Reserve. A similar style jacket was also issued to the army. At time of writing the example on eBay had reached over £600.
After close scrutiny of the photo I believe that this group of men belong to the No. 1 Overseas Column of the Civil Defence Reserve. The chap in battledress on the right appears to have additional insignia above his rank chevrons and I believe this is the 21st Army Group shield insignia. I have a previous posts about the Overseas Column and its work in Belgium in 1945.
A most interesting photo (on eBay) of volunteer fire party members from Giffnock (a few south of Glasgow) in 1941. A number of incendiary bomb grabs in evidence as well as a boy wearing the splinter goggles.
Although I thought at one time that all the embroidered Bomb Reconnaissance sleeve badges were created post war, an example appears in a photo within "The War Over Walthamstow" publication. Examples are scarce and the below is being offered online at the rather eye-watering cost of £350.
In the winter of 1939 and into early 1940, GUM INC. of Philadelphia produced a set of 144 cards titled "War News Pictures". The War News Pictures set was produced by J. Warren Bowman and each card measured 2 1/2" x 3 1/8". The set of cards covers the events in the war from a US perspective. Below are two cards: "British Portable Air Raid Shelter" (aka the Consol Shelter) and "Gas Raid Rescue Squad".
Following on from the recent blog about the CD Region XII badge, I was sent this photo of a Regional Commissioner's car pennant by Nicholas Mayweather. There would only be a handful of these and this is certainly a rare survivor.
The second photo shows the chauffeuse of the Region XII Regional Commissioner fixing the pennant on her car.
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