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Hat badge of the 'TASC' Guard & Protection unit (Jewish 'Yishuv')
Item code: 0120038

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Palestine, mandatory period hat insignia badge for "TASC": legend in English and Hebrew, bearing the Royal Crown; in darkened tombak with double-pronged back; not maker-marked. Weight: 3.25g. The Hebrew legend reads "Guarding and Protection" ("Shmira u'Bitakhon").

Most likely worn by the "Temporary Additional [Security] Constables" recruited through the Palestine Police as supplemental Jewish security forces (known as "Notrim" in Hebrew), in the period 1936-39 during the Arab Revolt. British insignia bearing the Crown and with Hebrew text (especially without accompanying Arabic corresponding text) are highly unusual, implying Jewish-only membership.

The original prongs on the back have been clipped down and replaced by improvised, soldiered prongs placed a little further down, on the back side of the "TASC" legend bar. Seen worn on period white-and-blue visored hats of Mandatory uniformed agencies. Rare.

 

מילות מפתח: מיליטריה מיליטאריה סמלי סמל כובע ברט סיכות סיכה יחידות יחידה שירות זרוע אגף חיל פיקוד חולצה יהודי מנדט משטרת משטרה ביטחון נוטר נוטרים פלשתינה