VDC Colour Patch WW2

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VDC Colour Patch WW2

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Colour Patch for Australia’s ‘home guard’ the VDC. A high-quality reproduction patch on a khaki iron-on background, with laser cut border to minimise fraying. High-count stitched embroidery on the circle and lettering, this is the patch won on the upper sleeve by members of the VDC in uniform. Historical colour patches are sold in pairs.

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Colour Patch for Australia’s ‘home guard’ the VDC. A high-quality reproduction patch on a khaki iron-on background, with laser cut border to minimise fraying. High-count stitched embroidery on the circle and lettering, this is the patch won on the upper sleeve by members of the VDC in uniform. Historical colour patches are sold in pairs.

The Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC) was an Australian part time volunteer military force of World War II, essentially modelled on the British Home Guard (known colloquially as ‘Dad’s Army’). The VDC was established in July 1940 by the RSL (Returned and Services League of Australia) and was initially composed of ex-servicemen who had served in World War I.

The government took over control of the VDC in May 1941, and gave the organisation the role of training for guerrilla warfare, collecting local intelligence and providing static defence of each unit’s home area. Retired light-horse general Harry Chauvel (retired 1930), was recalled to duty in 1940 and appointed Inspector-General of the VDC. Chauvel held this position until his death in March 1945.

Following the outbreak of the Pacific War, the Government expanded the VDC in February 1942. Membership was open to men aged between 18 and 60, including those working in reserved occupations. As a result, the VDC reached a peak strength of almost 100,000 in units across Australia.

As the perceived threat to Australia declined the VDC’s role changed from static defence to operating anti-aircraft artillery, coastal artillery and searchlights. Members of inland VDC units were freed from having to attend regular training in May 1944 and the VDC was officially disbanded on 24 August 1945.

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