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Home Guard

Postby Yith » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:16 pm

I'm planning to attend this as Home Guard. Is anyone else?
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Re: Home Guard

Postby prideofengland » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:03 pm

Only when Im captured :slap:
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Re: Home Guard

Postby PolzyStevo » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:19 pm

prideofengland wrote:Only when Im captured :slap:


When or if?
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Pete_59 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:56 pm

Home Guard for me :good:
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Universal Gunner » Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:44 pm

I'm badging (I do love a badge) my BD as 3rd Glamorganshire (Bridgend) Bn - GLN 3, but will be aiming not to have to wear it!
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I have a small skewer hidden in the collar of my jumping jacket, and a razorblade in my gaiter, as well as my knife.
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Yith » Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:58 pm

Where are you getting your badges from?
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Universal Gunner » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:37 pm

Yith wrote:Where are you getting your badges from?


Well I was thinking of the deal from Monty's Locker of a complete set for £15.00. I already have the DivPatch ones for my local battalion HTS 8. And they don't seem right, but having said that I'm not sure how authentic the woven one from Monty's Locker would be either. Is there anywhere else?
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Yith » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:27 am

They should be printed, not woven, that's the key.

I have some contacts that may be able to make us some for not much. I will check.
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Universal Gunner » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:31 pm

Yith wrote:They should be printed, not woven, that's the key.

I have some contacts that may be able to make us some for not much. I will check.


Yes and no. I think the actual Home Guard patch was often woven while the battalion badges were printed.

Here's what came from Divpatch. To my mind the Home Guard patch just looks wrong even if you cut off the white border; it's a sort of plastic paint. I am growing to the battalion badges but I think the KD is wrong, too yellow, the paint is again plasticky and I have no idea why those little black dots are there; if you trim down to them the patch seems too small. And I think the number patch should be a different shape to the letter.
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Chomley-Warner » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:59 pm

I've ordered the set from Monty's Locker - I'll post 'em up when they arrive.
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Yith » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:21 pm

Yes, colour looks wrong to me. The font probably wrong is as well. I say that not because I know that it is, but that it's a common fault.

As far as I remember both should be printed. I have the Home Guard "bible" at home and will double check.

The little dots show you where to fold them. You don't cut along them, but neatly fold to hide the dots and then iron the patches to have nice edges and then machine sew them onto your bd. If doing hand stitching do a back-stitch with as small stitches as you can be arsed to do.

I'll be using my sewing machine...
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Pete_59 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:15 pm

On this photo of my Grandfather the shoulder titles look embroidered
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Universal Gunner » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:37 pm

Pete_59 wrote:On this photo of my Grandfather the shoulder titles look embroidered


And on this link they definitely are.

http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib/25 ... /large.jpg

But other searches have shown printed. I don't think there is a definitive answer - and my moans about the different shape of the patch for the number to the letters is wrong as there is no consistency there either.

However I do think Divpatch's are too yellow and look overly odd because of that.
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Yith » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:14 pm

Second photo also shows them stitched on with a nice simple overstitch. I think my machine will stay in it's box.
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Re: Home Guard

Postby Chomley-Warner » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:55 pm

Hehe, I like the upside down number/letters configuration Pete! I wonder what the story is with that?
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