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Can anyone identify this badge that I found in my fathers belongings?

I believe that it is WW2 and Greek, possibly air-force, but have not been able to find any trace of anything remotely similar anywhere.

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I just did a small google search, the Owl could be the "Athenian Owl' like in the Greek myths, the closest I came was this, I believe it had to do with the Greek elections after the war. The reverse of your badge strongly resembles the writing on the left side of this patch. What I would suggest is to contact a local Greek Heritage Society in your hometown and see if they can translate the writing on your example as that would point you in a better direction IMO..

 

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Thanks.  Yes, I also found the Westair owl of Athens / Minerva references.   The closest I have been able to find is this Greek air force officers cap badge:

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Which has a number of similarities but doesn't explain where my badge fits in.

I translated the text in Google translate and it's just the manufacturers details:

ΚΑΠΝΟΒΙΟΜΗΧΑΝΙΑ
ΙΔΡΥΘΕΙΣΑ ΤΩ 1899
ΕΝ ΑΘΗΝΑΙΣ
Ν.ΜΑΡΓΑΡΙΤΗ

TOBACCO INDUSTRY
ESTABLISHED IN 1899
IN ATHENS
N. MARGARITI

Not sure how tobacco industry comes into it but that could just be due to wartime changes of use.

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