WW2 British GWR Local Defence Volunteer (Home Guard) Armband


A really good original early WW2 Local Defence Volunteer (LDV) printed khaki armband, that was issued by the Great Western Railway.

The arm band has the stencilled LDV in black. On the reverse is an ink stamp for the GWR logo and the issue number 28 39. The armband is held on bu pop studs, with 3 different size positions. The pop studs have the maker’s details NEWEY PAT.201430-22.The armband is in mint condition, except for a little bit of oxide on the brass pop studs. Nice, rare piece.

After the German forces invaded Holland and Belgium on the 10th May 1940, an appeal was made on the 14th May by Anthony Eden, for men between the age of 17 and 65 to join a new force known as the 'Local Defence Volunteers'. After only seventy days of existence on the 23rd July 1940 the name was changed to the 'Home Guard'.

Size: 40 x 11.5 cm (15 ¾ x 4 ½ inches)
Weight: 40 g