The 1939 - 1945 Star.
A six pointed star, in the centre the royal cypher GRI VI , within a
circlet bearing the title "THE 1939 - 1945 STAR". A crown is positioned on the circlet at 12 o'clock.
Bars issued (1); Battle of Britain.
Ribbon emblem issued: (1) a gilt rosette for the Battle of Britain bar
(for when the ribbon alone was worn)
Awarded for service in the Second World War between the 3rd
September 1939 and the 2nd September 1945. Qualification was
generally six months in an active operational area, reduced to two
months for RAF Aircrew. Time spent as a POW counted, personnel whose
service was cut short due to death, wounds or sickness would
qualify, those who won an award /decoration MID etc were
automatically entitled to the star. Evacuated forces from Dunkirk,
Norway etc, and commando raiders at St Nazaire, Norway, etc. gained
entitlement. The Battle of Britain bar was won by the fighter
aircraft crews who fought the Luftwaffe during the crucial period
10th July 1940 to 31st October 1940.
Also see official 1945
Government statement. and
Medals of the Regiments for qualification by regiment.