1939-1945 Star

1939-1945 Star

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.

Bomber Command - This bar was introduced in 2012 and is awarded to eligible Bomber Command aircrew.

When the ribbon is worn alone the standard silver rosette ribbon emblem is worn to denote the award of a bar.

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