WW2 British Home Guard Issue P-14 Bayonet 2.14419
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By 1940 the threat of an invasion was very high. By October 0f 1939, Winston Churchill pushed forward his idea a “Home Guard” consisting of 500,000 men or more. He was “assured there would be plenty of rifles” to arm them, However the plan to adequately arm the Local Defence Volunteers in the early days failed and resulted in resentment amongst the LDV and mocking by some “who called the Home Guard useless in their early unarmed days” The lost of face resulted in a lend lease from the US, who supplied the UK with a large consignment of P-17 rifles and bayonets to arm the L.D.V.
This is a very nice example of a Remington 1915 dated P-14 Bayonet (which fits the P-17 Rifle) with a British frog dated 1940. The pommel is unit marked with SX.9 which denotes it was used by the Sussex-Shoreham by Sea Home Guard Detachment. (Not Wilmington by sea lol)
A nice original a piece of out local history, as it was bought into our shop in Worthing, West Sussex by the Great Grandson, as Shoreham is about 5 miles along the coast from us.
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