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1939-1945 Star

1939-1945 Star


Campaign Stars and Medals (1939-1954)

1939-1945 Star


The 1939-1945 Star is a Second World War medal that was issued between 02 September 1939 and 08 May 1945 (Europe) or 02 September 1945 (Pacific).

Eligibility and criteria

The medal was awarded for six months service on active operations for Army and Navy, and two months for active air-crew.


The six–pointed star is yellow copper zinc alloy. Stars issued to Australian personnel have recipient names engraved on the plain reverse.

The obverse has a central design of the Royal and Imperial cypher, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by a circlet containing the words ‘The 1939-45 Star’.

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


Battle of Britain - This bar 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 Bomber Command - For Veterans who served with the British Forces, the bar is worn on the 1939-45 Star.  For Canadian Armed Forces Veterans, the bar is worn on the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.

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