There were many thousands of different lapel badges produced throughout the war - ARP factory badges, volunteer badges, charity badges, civil defence service badges and various mufti badges for those showing they were Doing their Bit. However, one particular badge I see a lot on the tat bazaar (that's eBay) that is nearly always called a second world war badge is the below - the white metal HG badge with HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE written around the edge. IT'S NOT WW2!!!
It dates from the period the Home Guard was reintroduced in the 1950s. The Imperial War Museum (how long before the woke brigade clock the name of this museum and decide it needs cancelling...) have a sealed pattern of the badge dated to 1956.
This has jack-all to do with WW2 or Civil Defence but I was getting fed up seeing it misidentified and people possibly buying it thinking it was WW2 period. I promise that's the last time I dirty these pages with Home Guard badges. Rant over...
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