Hagana member's pin: numbered metal pin issued by the Haifa branch of Israel's pre-State armed force, the "Haganah" ("Defence", in Hebrew), circa. 1949-50 to commemorate the wearer's participation in that region's operations during the 1947-49 War of Independence. Numbered "104" on the reverse; thick plancheted; not maker-marked. Weight: 2.70g.
The emblem of the sword surmounted by an olive branch was the symbol of the Hagana's platoon commander graduate's course ("Kurs Mem-Memim"), and became the Hagana's overall emblem. When the IDF was founded, it's emblem embodied that of the Haganah, and it continued the tradition of issuing the sword-and-olive branch emblem to graduates of its officers training course.
Following the War of Independence local branches (at city-level) of the "Haganah Members Association" (veterans group) issued localized pins like these, all eschewing to some degree the use of the Hagana's emblem in the center. Scarce.
מילות מפתח: מיליטריה מיליטאריה סיכות סיכה יחידות יחידה שירות חולצה חולצות דרגה דרגות תג תגיות צה"ל צה"לי צבא הגנה פלמ"ח