39-45 Star World War 2 Medal
39-45 Star World War 2 Medal was the first in a series of eight bronze stars issued for service in the Second World War, it was awarded to personnel who had completed six months’ service in specified operational commands overseas, between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945, though in certain cases the minimum period was shortened. Any service curtailed by death, injury or capture also qualified, as did the award of a decoration or a mention in despatches. Clasps were awarded to RAF aircrew who took part in the Battle of Britain and, as a result of constant lobbying, in 2013 a clasp was also granted to aircrew members of Bomber Command. The clasps are denoted by a gilt rosette when the ribbon is worn alone. Surprisingly RAF ground crews who kept the Battle of Britain fighters in the air did not qualify for the 1939–45 Star, although those who assisted with the evacuation of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk did qualify.
Campaign: Second World War 1939–45.
Branch of Service: British and Commonwealth forces.
Ribbon: Equal stripes of dark blue, red and light blue symbolising the Royal Navy, Army and RAF respectively. The 1939–43 ribbon was authorised in November 1943 and worn by those awarded this proposed Star which became the 1939–45 Star when finally issued.
Original Metal: Bronze.
Size: Height 44mm; max. width 38mm.
Description: The six-pointed star has a circular centre with the GRI/VI monogram, surmounted by a crown and inscribed THE 1939-1945 STAR round the foot.