The Magen Yerushalaim Badge

(Defense of Jerusalem Badge)

Awarded to every soldier who served under the command of the O.C. Jerusalem area between 1 April 1948 and 10 June 1948.  Made of bronze, a shield with a sword and spray of laurel in white metal (the emblem of the pre-State Army, the Hagana), below, the Hebrew inscription  “Jerusalem”. Weight: 3.15g. With safety-pin back, in the style of Israeli awards of that time. The badge was worn on the left pocket of both military and civilian dress.

  

Source:http://historama.com/

 
Here we present two slightly different versions of the badge.
 

Source: © Simon Shafir

Source: © Igor Ostapenko

 

Next some pictures of people wearing the badge.
 


Min. Of Justice Dov Yosef
, who was governor of Jerusalem during the War of Independence. (05/11/1951)
(
Picture: Government Press Office, Teddy Brauner)

 

 
David Shaltiel, who was district commander of the Haganah in Jerusalem during the War of Independence. His french style uniform is completed with a 'Hitelmacher' hat. On this hat the Magen Yerushalaim Badge


 


Israel Police Inspector Bosmi (R) with Jordan Police Lt. Naziv
 at a meeting of local commanders at Mandelbaum Gate, Jerusalem, 08/06/1953
(Picture: Government Press Office, Teddy Brauner)

 


Enlarged detail of above picture

 
The badge was soon replaced by a clasp on the War of Independence ribbon as presented below. With thanks to the seller of this item on Ebay coinalex1954