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1939-1945 Star

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1939-1945 Star



The 1939-1945 Star was awarded for active service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945, being the period of active operations in the second world war. For the Royal Navy six months service in areas of active operations were required and for the Army six months service in an operational command were required, but only one day?s service in Dunkirk, Norway and certain specified commando raids. Airborne troops qualified for an award on participation in an airborne operation provided they had completed two months service in an operational unit. The RAF qualified for an award for any flying qualifications against the enemy, provided that two months service had been completed in operational units and groundcrew had to complete six months service in the area of an operational command except for Dunkirk and Norway. For Merchant Navy personnel qualified after six months service afloat with at least one voyage through ?dangerous waters?. Irrespective of the six months qualified period, all service personnel qualified who had been decorated, killed in action, evacuated as the result of wounds or were evacuated from Dunkirk, Norway, Crete and Greece. Time spend as a prisoner of war also counted.



A bar with the inscription BATTLE OF BRITAIN was awarded to those members of the crews of fighter aircraft who took part in the Battle of Britain between 10 July and 31 October 1940.



The award is a six-pointed bronze star with in the middle the GRI/VI monogram, surmounted by a crown and inscribed THE 1939-1945 STAR on the ribbon. The reverse is plain and the award is issued unnamed.



The ribbon consists of three equal stripes : dark blue, red and light blue, representing the Navy, Army and Air Force.

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