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Old 03-09-15, 11:15 AM
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Hello all,

I have more questions, if I could pick your brains again, please?

I have acquired the two badges below, I understand that both are cap badges for the same organisation, the South African Civil Protective Service, firstly, is that correct?

Secondly, from another thread, I have seen that they are similar to the UK's Home Guard. From an outside source, I have been led to believe that they were under the administration/authority of the South African Police, is this correct?

I am guessing that the crowned is pre independence pattern and the circle post?

Thanks very much for your help,

Phil

Edit: what does KBND ESPC stand for / translate to, please?



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Old 03-09-15, 12:34 PM
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Hi Phil

The badge on the left is indeed Civilian Protective Services, but the badge on the right is the Essential Services Protection Corps (Korps vir die Beskerming van Noodsaaklike Dienste). They were entirely separate organisations.

The CPS was not so much a home guard as a civil defence organisation. It was responsible for blackouts, air-raid precautions, anti-gas precautions, bomb clearance and suchlike. It was controlled by municipalities, co-ordinated by the Dept of the Interior, and later by the Dept of Justice.

The Civilian Guard was a branch within the CPS. Members were enrolled as special constables in the SA Police and wore uniforms, hence the badge.

The ESPC was an auxiliary service under the auspices of the Secretary for Defence. Its job was to guard bridges, dams etc -- what would now be called "key points" -- against sabotage.
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Old 03-09-15, 12:38 PM
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Many thanks Arthur, I will adjust my descriptions accordingly.

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And to add to the confusion there were also the following: the Reserve Brigade, National Reserve Volunteers and the National Volunteer Brigade which to some extent could also be said to be Home Guard equivalents though their specific duties varied.
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Gents,

An interesting thread. I've had a "set" of these badges for several years and have never been quite sure who or what the "CPS" were. So, thanks for the information supplied so far. Whilst we have discussed the "CPS" badge (I assume that the smaller pair are collars and that the KC small badge bearing the letters "CPS" is a mufti badge (horse shoe fitting to reverse and numbers 13 and 468). You will see that I have a further set entitled "Civic Guard" Are these an earlier version of the Civilian Guard badges, if so what era?

These badges came to me in a batch of prison service insignia, so my supplier was obviously also confused. Amazingly, there appears to be nothing on the web about them or their activities.

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Old 04-09-15, 09:23 AM
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You're quite correct. The badge with the letters CPS only was a lapel badge worn on mufti. Apparently there was an Afrikaans equivalent with the letters BBD.

I don't know where the Civic Guard fits in.

As I have it, the structure and insignia were as follows :

Civilian Protective Services
- volunteers (estimated 80 000 in total, in 136 centres)
- wore civilian clothes, with 'CPS' or 'BBD' lapel badge.

Civilian Guard
- uniformed component within the CPS (estimated 10 362 members)
- enrolled as special constables in the SA Police
- wore khaki uniforms with
-- 'CPS Civilian Guard' cap and collar badges
-- blue cap bands and epaulettes
-- blue armbands with the letters 'CPS - CG' in white.
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