Original Defence Medal Ribbon, Full Size, World War 2, ("New-Old-Stock")

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Original medal ribbon for the British World War 2 Defence Medal.  This is "New-Old-Stock", as in medal ribbon made in the period of initial issue, which was subsequently not cut and issued.  

These lengths are being cut from a roll that is dated 7 March 1946.

The green of the ribbon represents Britain's 'green and pleasant land', the black stripes represent the blackout whilst the orange centre stripe represents the flames of the Blitz.