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The Italy Star

This star was awarded for operational service in Sicily or Italy from the date of capture of the island of Pantellaria on the 11th of June 1943, to the 8th of May 1945. Qualifications for Army personnel were as follows:

(1) There was no prior time qualification.

(2) Operational service in the Aegean, Dodecanese, Corsica, Greece, Sardinia, Yugoslavia and Elba between the 11th of June 1943 and the 8th of May 1945, qualified.

(3) Service in Sicily after the 17th of August 1943 and in Sardinia after the 19th of September 1943, and in Corsica after the 4th of October 1943, did not qualify.

Entry into Austrian Territory during the last few days of the war qualified for this star, not for the France and Germany Star. Visits of over thirty days’ duration qualified for the award, providing that they were undertaken under the authority of one of the Commanders-in-Chief.

The star was awarded in addition to the other stars, so that no clasps were awarded to it.


GORDON, J.J. British Battles and Medals. Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1971, pp. 347.