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Old 11-02-09, 05:47 PM
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Default What is this?

Hi, what is this badge for?
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Old 11-02-09, 06:14 PM
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This is a ship badge...

General Botha from South Africa.....

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Old 11-02-09, 06:45 PM
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Hi, This was a training ship for the SA Navy until just after WW2. I have a belt buckle of this ship. Wouldn't mind getting one like this. Thank you for the post. Regards Andrew
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Old 14-02-09, 04:48 AM
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Default General Botha badges

I've am quite interested in the GB badges and have done a bit of research. In total there were 17 different badges worn by staff members and trainees. I can't quite make out the colour behind the General Botha title but it appears to be dark navy blue which would date the badge to 1947 - 1960. If the colour is dark sea-green it would be c.1933 - 1947. The colour changed when the college moved to Gordons Bay. It is a cadets badge worn on the step out uniform cap. The working dress cap badge was just the letters GB in yellow cotton beneath a naval coronet on a black oval felt backing. The badge you have is probably the most common one, but they are still very scarce.
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