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The 1939-45 Star (*)

This star was awarded for service in the Second World War between the 3rd of September 1939 and the 2nd of September 1945. The qualification for this medal, as regards members of the Army of the United Kingdom Forces, were as follows:

Six months’ service in an operational command, except for service in Dunkirk, Norway and in some specified commando raids and other services for which the qualifying period was one day. Airborne troops qualified if they had participated in any airborne operations and had completed two months’ service in an operational unit.

Service which was curtailed by death, or disability due to service, qualified for the award. A recipient of a decoration or mention in despatches or a King’s Commendation qualified for the award, irrespective of length of service.


GORDON, L.L. British Battles and Medals. Spink & Son, Ltd., London, 1971.