British Medals of World War Two:

The 1939 - 1945 Star

 
 

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.

 

The 1939 - 1945 Star

The Ribbon

The 1939 - 1945 Star Ribbon: three equal stripes of dark blue, red and light blue, symbolising the Royal and Merchant Navies, the Army and the Royal Air Force
 

1939-45 Star Ribbon
 

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